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The latest update as of June 21, 2021


NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster & Funny Car Standings

It was a busy weekend for the NHRA Top Alky cars, with events on both sides of the country: Lebanon Valley Dragway in New Jersey, and Bandimere Speedway in Colorado. And it did have some effect on the points standings, with Shawn Cowie continuing his climb up the charts as he moved within 32 points of leader Jackie Fricke, courtesy of his win at the Western Regional at Bandimere. Fricke was competing at Lebanon Valley but fell in the semifinal round to Duane Shields, who won the event and moved up one spot to #4 with his win.

James Stevens had a good weekend at Denver, only falling in the final round to Cowie, and gained one spot to #6, while 1st round loser Joey Severance also advanced a position to #7 over Karen Stalba who was idle over the weekend. One more racer climbed into the Top Ten, as Rich McPhillips Jr. finished runnerup to Shields and bumped into the #9 spot.

Here's the updated standings that also show who's racing this coming weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Norwalk. It's going to be quite a battle, with eight of the top ten cars in attendance, and a field of 20 competing; the largest car count since the second Las Vegas event in 2019. It's a fairly diverse field with seven blown alky cars competing against 13 injected fuel burners. It's definitely going to be a great show for the fans with some incredible performances on tap.

NOTE: Click on the image to see a larger - and easier to read - version of these tables


TAD National Points Standings

On the Funny Car side, points leader (and defending champion) Doug Gordon won the Denver event and lengthened his lead to 127 points over #2 (and idle) Bob McCosh Jr.. Below McCosh, Wyoming's Kris Hool vaulted over the also idle Sean Bellemeur into the #3 spot. Two racers bumped into the Top Ten, as Lebanon winner, Dan Pomponio and runnerup Matt Gill moved into the #9 and #10 positions respectively, bumping out Aryan Rochon and Mark Billington in the process.

One final note concerns the red numbers appearing in a few places in the standings. They indicate points that have been waived, which starts once a racer attends more than three regional and seven national events (the most that a racer can earn points from). We've guessed which races were waived as the NHRA website hasn't been completely updated to reflect those decisions.


TAFC National Points Standings

In other drag racing news, the third event on the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series calendar took place at Bowling Green, Kentucky's Beech Bend Raceway Park over the weekend. The Holley National Hot Rod Reunion was a very successful event, with full fields of Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars in competition. We know that nine AA/FD's attempted to qualify, and that Jimi Young defeated Dan Horan Jr. in the final, with both drivers recording great e.t.'s and speeds. On the Funny Car side, the "Illinois Thunder" entry of Levi Keenen was low qualifer and took the event win over John Smith's Firebird-bodied "Entertainer" in a close race.

We do have a large number of photos from Friday's qualifying at Bandimere, courtesy of our Western correspondent, Dale Fackler but it's going to be later in the week before we can get them posted. Sometimes, real life, and a short holiday, take precedence over the world of drag racing. As always, stay tuned for updates, photos and news as soon as we have time to get to it.


The latest update as of June 15, 2021


Funny Car Chaos - Kearney - 2021

We've got photos from the final qualifying session and the first two rounds of eliminations from Saturday's FUNNY CAR CHAOS event at Kearney Raceway Park. The captions and details will follow a little later. It's a busy week of things non-drag racing here at Northern Thunder, so please bear with us.

Here's the updated FUNNY CAR CHAOS points standings (which also show the pre-entry list for the next race on the schedule) following the Kearney Raceway event. It only shows the top ten cars due to space considerations, as there's nearly 80 (!) racers on the list at this point in the season.


FCC Points Standings

QUALIFYING - FINAL Session

Jon Reich - 'Blitz Kreig' --- Jon Reich - 'Blitz Kreig'

Jon Reich - tire tracks --- Jeff Krug - 'Obsession'

BackUp Girls --- Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream'

Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder'

Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream' --- Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender'

Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

Pete Mass - 'Hot Pursuit' (near lane) 
vs James Hardman - 'Sundancer' (far lane) --- Standing for the national anthem


ELIMINATIONS - Round ONE


"A" Field

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (right lane) 
vs Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' (left lane) --- Mike Newkirk - 'Disturbed' (right lane) 
vs Jim Chase - 'Wicked Quick' (left lane)

Lance Van Hauen - 'Van Hauen Bros.' (right 
lane) vs Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' (left lane) --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' (right 
lane) vs Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (left lane)

"B" Field

Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' (right lane) 
vs Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' (left lane) --- Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (right lane) 
vs Jeff Krug - 'Obsession' (left lane)

Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (right lane) 
vs Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown' (left lane) --- Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (right lane) 
vs Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger' (left lane)

"C" Field

Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream' --- Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream' (right 
lane) vs Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' (left lane)

Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream (right lane) 
vs Bill Naves - 'Shooting Star' (left lane) --- Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' (right lane) 
vs Jon Reich - 'Blitz Kreig' (left lane)

Scott Pareso - 'Altered Reality' & BackUp 
Girl



The latest update as of June 13, 2021


Funny Car Chaos - Kearney - 2021

Sunday morning update

We're waiting for the photos from Saturday's final qualifying session and eliminations, but we do have the results of the race, courtesy of the FUNNY CAR CHAOS Facebook page and website.

Eliminations - Round One

In the first round there were some incredible runs in the "A" field, with two cars in the 3.70's, three more in the 3.80's, and one in the 3.90's. Closest race of the round saw Mike Newkirk turn on the winlight with a great 3.875 - 173.99 to overcome the quicker 3.861 - 189.39 of Jim Chase. Newkirk's very quick light (.025) was enough to cross the line ahead of Chase's (.049) launch. The only problem was that Newkirk took out a timing block and gave the win back to Chase.

Other highlights of the round were Ken Singleton advancing over Keith Jackson with low e.t. of the round at 3.753 - 204.26. Another of the hitters to move into the semis was Kirk Williams with a 3.756 - 204.73 (top speed of the meet) over the redlighting 3.950 - 188.33 pass of Shayne Lawson. The final winner of the round was Lance Van Hauen, laying down a 3.899 - 194.58, despite a late leave (.157 to .074) to cover Chuck Loftin's not quite good enough 4.122 - 188.41.

In the "B" field, there were two very close races that were decided on the starting line via the redlight route, as Jeff Krug went red by .007 to give the win to Steve Vang as both racers carded 4.287 e.t.'s. The other foul start was even closer to perfect as the .004 too early leave of Dave Gallegos gave the automatic win to Tom Furches. The other winners in the round were Jeff Cameron, over Chris Schneider) and Steve Timoszyk over Daniel Butherus.

The final group, the "C" field saw one car (Jordan Ballew) break before staging, and one car (Bill Naves) breakout. With the index for the field set at 4.29 (two tenths quicker than the top qualifer in that field), Naves left late (.165 to .043) then blasted through the index with a 3.938 - 183.07 that negated the winlight shining in his lane, and advancing opponent Dustin Bradford. The beneficiary of Ballew's breakage was Scott Pareso who advanced with an easy 4.739 - 147.09.

The closest race of the round for any field was between Nick Johnson who barely eked out the win over Matt Nissen. Leaving first by a .008 to .106 margin, Nissen nearly made his 4.609 cover Johnson's much quicker 4.500, but the gap at the 660' mark was .011 second in Johnson's favour. Closing the round was Andy Mears taking an easy win over a slowing Jon Reich.

Eliminations - Semi-Finals

If you thought the action was intense in the first round, it got even hotter in the semis. In the first pair of the "A" field, Ken Singleton kept things rolling with a solid 3.74 - 198 decision over Lance Van Hauen's very good 3.88 - 196 losing effort. The other pair saw an identical winning time as Kirk Williams put down a slightly better 3.74 - 204 to move into the final. His opponent in the semis was Jim Chase who posted another very good pass of 3.92 - 189 that came up short against Williams' continuing rampage through the FCC ranks.

In the "B" field, the times were identical for the two winners, as Jeff Cameron laid down a to advance past Steve Vang's good try 4.30 - 165. In the other pairing, Steve Timoszyk made his 4.12 - 176 stand up for the win over Tom Furches very close 4.26 - 164. What made that race so close was the .064 to .170 advantage for Furches at the starting line. At the finish, the margin was less than a car length.

Things calmed down somewhat in the "C" field semis, with Andy Mears punching his ticket to the final with a 4.37 - 161 win over Nick Johnson's good try 4.51 - 154. In the other pair, Dustin Bradford moved into the final, courtesy of his 4.63 - 125 (early shutoff) over Scott Pareso's second best 5.07 - 146 effort.

Eliminations - Finals

We don't have times and speeds to report for the finals, but the winners were as follows:

"A" Field: Ken Singleton over Kirk Williams

"B" Field: Steve Timoszyk over Jeff Cameron

"C" Field: Andy Mears over Dustin Bradford


The latest update as of June 12, 2021


Funny Car Chaos - Kearney - 2021

Saturday morning update

It was quite a surprise to see my email inbox filling up with photos late last night, but I managed to get them all downloaded and posted (see below). Now all I have to do is fill in the blanks underneath the pictures. The photos from today's final qualifying and eliminations at the FUNNY CAR CHAOS event in Kearney probably won't arrive until tomorrow morning... if we're lucky. With a drive of 1172 miles home facing him, our ace lensman (BIG Bob Snyder) might just hit the road and send the pics along on Tuesday. Fingers crossed.

A few notes from the FCC event: All 29 cars on the pre-entry list showed up for this event and they all made at least one qualifying pass. While some of the familiar faces and cars were missing from the lineup, they were replaced by some newcomers to the circuit, which included Steve Cluck ("Red Headed Stepchild"), David Hill ("Zeus"), and Jon Reich, who's doing double duty, debuting his blown fuel "Blitz Kreig" and an injected alky car "Cox Pinto" (a recreation of a car campaigned in the early 1970's.

Joining them were Jim Chase, out for the first time this year in his "Wicked Quick" '57 Chevy, and a handful of cars that have stayed home since the season opener in March at the Texas Motorplex. Besides the 29 FCC cars, there are four injected alky funnies, and a pair of Jet Funny Cars. Lots of action and some great performances are going to make this weekend a big one at Kearney Raceway Park.

7:00 PM UPDATE: The first round of eliminations is over at Kearney Raceway and there were some incredible battles in all three fields. Only one racer (Danny Smith) reported in broken, allowing the #25 car (Scott Pareso) into the "C" field. We'll have details later this evening and photos tomorrow morning. Hopefully.

Gulf Western Oil Winternationals logo

In other drag racing news, the 53rd Australian Winternationals is in progress at Willowbank Raceway (Ipswich, QLD). It's always the biggest event on the Australian drag racing calendar, and with things starting to return to "normal" downunder, it's being run for the first time in two years. There's a dozen Top Alcohol cars entered, good numbers of Pro Slammer (all-out Aussie Pro Mod), Pro Stock (with small-block engines), Supercharged Outlaws (a great mix of altereds, funny cars, dragsters, etc), and a host of support classes, but the "flagship" class (Top Fuel) is sorely lacking with just three entries. With the Rapisarda Motorsports team not there (they have four cars), it's not much of a show, but Peter Xiberras gave the fans a great show last night, running the quickest 100 ft. pass in Aussie history, at 3.76 - 320+ mph... but lost the race to opponent Phil Lamattina due to a redlight.

Sidenote: The last time I went down a dragstrip in my Top Alcohol Dragster was there at the 2001 edition, where we were fortunate enough to qualify in the tough 8-car field. We won't mention that we dropped a valve on the first round burnout and finished with the car next to the wall and me standing (on the other side) watching my opponent, Mark Brew, make a 5.72 solo pass that stood for low e.t. of the meet. At least we knew that we'd have had a very tough time coming close to that number.

We've got heaps of stories and pictures from those days buried somewhere in the archives of this website, but we will endeavour to dig them up and update the "What's Old" pages, which while they have lots of links to What's New page updates, the html code behind them needs to be updated to the current directory structure of the website. Don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen any time soon though.

Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 6 logo

After a total washout yesterday due to unrelenting rain, the NHRA Western Regional Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is underway at Seattle's Pacific Raceways. The forecast for today is fine, but after that, it's more rain starting late this evening, and continuing throughout Sunday. The plan is to have everyone make one qualifying run, then go straight into eliminations, with a view to completing the event in one day. We'll bring you updates on the Top Alcohol cars when they run.

6:30 PM UPDATE: We have the details on the Top Alcohol classes running at the NHRA Western Regional at Seattle. Only seven dragsters and just three funny cars showed up and they were given one qualifying pass before going into eliminations. With rain forecast to start again this evening, it looks like they may just get finished before the track shuts down for the evening.... and with the forecast bad for tomorrow, that would most likely be the end of the event for now.

The funny cars just finished their second, and final, round of eliminations, and Oregon's Chris Marshall took the win over Brian Hough. The other racer, Top Ten contender Nick Januik redlighted in the first round and got an early start on the long drive home to Las Vegas. The win marked Marshall's first NHRA appearance of the season, as he's been on the MidWest Drag Racing Series tour up until now.

The Top Alcohol Dragsters still have the final round to run (scheduled for 8:00 pm). Low qualifier was the Canadian, Shawn Cowie who blasted out a 5.178 - 277.32 that earned him a bye run in the first round in the 7-car field. Following not too far behind in qualifying were the A/Fuel cars of Garrett Bateman (5.247) and Mitch Myers (5.257). Cowie shook hard before the 330' mark and shutoff to an 8-second clocking, while Casey Grisel stepped up BIG and laid down a 5.206 to advance to the semi-final with lane choice over Cowie. The other first round wins went to Bateman and Myers, with Bateman holding lane choice for their semi-final match.

The semi-finals just finished running and Cowie dispatched Grisel with a 5.203 - 279.09 when Grisel was forced to lift at the 500' mark. In the other semi, it was Myers winning over Bateman, setting up the final round match between Myers and Cowie, with Cowie holding lane choice in that one.

8:30 PM UPDATE: The final results are in from Seattle and it was Mitch Myers taking the win with a great 5.226 - 273.77 over Shawn Cowie's pedal-job 5.474 - 274.72 pass. Cowie launched first, but Myers took back the lead at the 60' mark, then when Cowie had to pedal at the top of low gear, he lost enough momentum that he trailed Myers by three car lengths at half track. From there to the finish line, Cowie poured on the power, clocking a higher speed than Myers, but at the stripe it was a trainlength between the two cars.


The latest update as of June 11, 2021


Funny Car Chaos - Kearney - 2021

Yes, we've got another FUNNY CAR CHAOS event happening, with two qualifying sessions tonight, a final one tomorrow afternoon, and eliminations tomorrow night. Our photographer, BIG Bob Snyder is there and ready to capture all the action and give us the insider details that he picks up in the pits, in the staging lanes, and around the starting line. Here's the photos from the first two sessions. NOTE: Funny Car Chaos doesn't post the results from each qualifying session on Friday; the sheet they put out at the end of the evening shows the best results for each car on the day and we can't tell which session produced which e.t.'s and speeds for the racers.

Qualifying Session #1

Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --- Mike Newkirk - 'Disturbed'

(LEFT) Leading off our qualifying coverage, last week's hard luck "winner", Chuck Loftin rebuilt the engine and got the "Motivation" Mustang down the track in good order, with a Friday best of 4.011 - 183.74 that was good enough for the #5 position on the ladder

(RIGHT Back out for the first time since the season opener, Mike Newkirk pushed his "Disturbed" entry to a very good 4.017 - 163.81 as yet another NHRA Top Alky "refugee" joined the FCC party. His best run of the day left him just one spot behind Loftin, in the #6 spot

Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (near lane) 
vs Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown' (far lane) --- Lance Van Hauen - 'Hauen Bros. Racing' (near 
lane) vs Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' (far lane)

(LEFT) We've got a pair of cars in this photo, with Steve Vang mostly obscured in the near lane, and Dalle Gallegos already trailing in the far lane in his "Nitro Clown". He didn't exactly ignite the scoreboards, but his decent 4.424 - 130.67 effort put him in the #13 position and a spot in the middle of the "B" field

(RIGHT This time we've got both cars in the frame, with Lance Van Hauen (near lane) starting to run away from Nick Johnson in the "Prairie Fire" (far lane). Van Hauen stopped the clocks with a great 3.948 - 192.82 pass that showed the true potential of his combination and put him near the top of the heap in the #3 position, while Johnson was well back at 4.518 - 153.42, only good enough for #17 and a possible spot in the "C" field

Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' --- Jim Chase - 'Wicked Quick'

(LEFT) One of the best appearing cars on the circuit, the "Dragon Slayer" '57 Chevy of Andy Mears put down a solid 4.506 - 156.86 that hung on to the final spot in the "B" field in the #16 position going into the final qualifier on Saturday

(RIGHT Looks like we've got a pair of '57's in the field, with Jim Chase brought out his "Wicked Quick" entry for the first time this season, didn't waste any time making his mark on the field, blasting out a 3.966 - 187.18 with his blown alky Hemi power, that left him sitting #4 after two sessions

Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger' --- Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War'

(LEFT) The iconic "Detroit Tiger" tribute car of Michigan's Steve Timoszyk fell a little short in the e.t. department as it appeared he shut off early to a 4.299 - 133.49, placing him 10th on the list, near the top of the "B" field

(RIGHT From the Dept. of Corrections, I assumed that the "Man O' War", a former Paul Romine-owned and driven car that ran in the NHRA Heritage Series on nitro, was still using the yellow fuel at Funny Car Chaos races. NO, I was wrong, it's a blown alky car and it still runs fast but without the nitro. Shayne Lawson didn't let the lack of liquid horsepower prevent him from running a very good 4.040 - 181.13 that placed him in the lucky #7 spot in the "A" field

Steve Cluck - 'Red Headed Stepchild' --- Pete Mass - 'Hot Pursuit' (near lane) vs 
Don Finley - 'Mile High Missile' (far lane)

(LEFT) Here's one of the newcomers to the circuit, as Steve Cluck debuted his Camaro-bodied "Red Headed Stepchild" and didn't have the most auspicious debut, with a "best" for the day of 6.868 - 78.04 that left him at the very bottom of the list in the #29 spot. Obviously some serious improvement will be needed in his last chance to qualify on Saturday

(RIGHT As a special feature, the FCC has invited four injected alcohol-burning cars to join the party, and we've got two of them (mostly) in this frame. In the near lane (partially obscured) is the "Hot Pursuit" of Pete Mass from Colorado, while on the far side, it's another Coloradan, Don Finley in the appropriately named "Mile High Missile". We don't have any times or speeds to report for these cars though

Excited videographer

Looks like this one happy camper, as the FCC videographer lets everyone know he's impressed with the performances going past him


Qualifying Session #2

Farm country tire dragger --- Jon Reich - 'Blitz Kreig'

(LEFT) Track prep equipment comes in all shapes and sizes, and this dual-purpose unit that works in the fields on weekdays is converted to a tire dragger on race weekends

(RIGHT Leading off the evening session was series newcomer Jon Reich in his "Blitz Kreig" entry. He didn't get all the power down to the ground in his debut, but a respectable 4.740 - 132.01 put him in the #24 spot and a toehold on the bottom rung of the "C" field ladder

Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' (near lane) vs 
Danny Smith - 'Snafu' (far lane)

Warming up the tires before his qualifying attempt, Chris Schneider heated the hides in the "Brutus" Mustang, then staged up against Danny Smith in the "Snafu" car (far lane). Smith was a little rusty, not having run since the season opener, and it was reflected in the 4.655 - 147.68 timeslip that put him #23 spot going into Saturday. Schneider meanwhile, put down a better 4.579 - 153.89, good for #19 on the list

Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream' (near 
lane) vs Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (far lane) --- Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream' (near lane) 
vs Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' (far lane)

(LEFT) It's a pair of cars in this photo, with Matt Nissen in his "Runnin' Down A Dream" (near lane) leaving first, but finishing second as he stopped the clocks at 4.617 - 152.38 (#21), while opponent (in the far lane), Steve Vang punched out a better 4.333 - 164.07 for the #11 spot in his "Wicked Weekender" entry

(RIGHT Another pair, leaving together, had Dustin Bradford (near lane) in the "American Dream" 'Cuda clocking a 4.596 - 133.75 to hold down the #20 spot, while in the far lane, Jordan Ballew in his beautiful Camaro-bodied "Ballew Thunder" crossed the finish line first with a #15 qualifying 4.505 - 157.25 pass

Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' (near lane) vs 
Jim Chase - 'Wicked Quick' (far lane) --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' (near 
lane) vs Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' (far lane)

(LEFT) In the next pair, Justin Herbst (near lane) could only push his little Monza-bodied "Scorpion" to a sub-par 4.926 - 140.63 that left him outside the 24 car group that qualifies for eliminations. His #26 position left him just one more chance to move into the "C" field (or better). In the far lane, Jim Chase made a second pass with his '57 Chevy and ended the day with a best of 3.966 - 187.18 putting him #4 on the list

(RIGHT Last week's double winner, Kirk Williams (near lane) paired up with Andy Mears (far lane) in a one-sided affair. Williams blitzed the timers with a #2 qualifying 3.761 - 202.79 (top speed of the meet so far), to train-length Mears' #16 qualifying effort of 4.506 - 156.86 in his '57 Chevy

Lance Van Hauen - 'Van Hauen Bros. Racing' 
(near lane) vs Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger' (far lane) --- Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' (near lane) 
vs Scott Pareso - 'Altered Reality' (far lane)

(LEFT) Coming out for his second attempt, Lance Van Hauen (near lane) stayed in the #3 spot with a 3.948 - 192.82 time, while Steve Timoszyk held onto the #10 position with his 4.299 - 133.49 best

(RIGHT In the near lane, Nick Johnson posted a #17 qualifying 4.518 - 153.42 best, while in the far lane - and mostly obscured - was the returning turbo-powered "Altered Reality" of Colorado's Scott Pareso made a troubled pass of 4.974 - 143.52 to land in the #27 spot, and well out of the "C" field going into Saturday's final qualifying session

Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' (near lane) 
vs Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' (far lane) --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (near lane) 
vs Jeff Krug - 'Obsession' (far lane)

(LEFT) Driving the "Jake's Speed Shop" entry (in the near lane) was Jeff Cameron who posted a #9 qualifying 4.138 - 167.68 pass, while on the far side, Chuck Loftin made another qualifying pass that left him in the #5 spot with a 4.011 - 183.74 best for the day

(RIGHT co-points and defending series champion, Ken Singleton in the "High Risk" car made his presence felt in a big way as he captured the top spot on the charts with a low e.t. of 3.734 at 197.97 mph. In the far lane, the bright green "Obsession" of Jeff Krug pounded out a 4.333 at an early shut off 137.27, good enough for the #12 spot in the middle of the "B" field

David Hill - 'Zeus' --- David Hill - 'Zeus' (near lane) vs 
Mike Newkirk - 'Disturbed' (far lane)

Making his Funny Car Chaos debut was David Hill in his sharp looking "Zeus" entry. His Friday best was 4.876 - 148.30, leaving him just outside the "C" field in the 25th slot on the list. His opponent in this pairing was Mike Newkirk (far lane) in his Top Alcohol "Disturbed" entry that carded a very good 4.017 - 163.81 to hold down the #6 spot in the "A" field

Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (near lane) 
vs Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (far lane) --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT

Tom Furches - 'Made in America' --- Don Finley - 'Mile High Missile'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT

Jon Reich - 'Cox Pinto' --- Jet Funny Cars - 'Quartermaster' (near lane) 
vs 'Black Pearl' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT



The latest update as of June 10, 2021


71st annual Motorcycle Hill Climb

And now for something completely different... we've got some awesome images from the Anamosa, Iowa Hill Climb that took place on the Sunday after last week's FUNNY CAR CHAOS event at Eddyville Dragway. Our travelling photographer, BIG Bob Snyder, has been a motorcycle maniac for most of his life and took a tour of the National Motorcycle Museum at Anamosa, then went to the hillclimb. Click on the poster and you'll be taken to a small page of photos from the event. Bob was able to secure clearance to shoot from the top of the hill, but he had to get up there first. Not up the race course, but it was still a major job coaxing the van up the back way to get to the top and into a position that allowed him to capture some great shots.

Don't worry about NORTHERN THUNDER changing its focus from drag racing, but we can always appreciate anything mechanically and graphically interesting when we're not up to our ears in all things drag racing. Next up will be event coverage from this week's stop on the FCC tour, at Kearney Raceway Park, starting tomorrow afternoon. Also, we'll have details from the NHRA Western Regional at Pacific Raceways... if the weather holds up, and right now it's looking rather doubtful for the weekend.


The latest update as of June 8, 2021


With the halfway point reached in the eight event FUNNY CAR CHAOS schedule for 2021, we've got the updated points standings posted below. It's interesting to note that there have been some major changes over the course of the last few races, and a number of new faces have appeared in the upper echelon of the standings at this point. Most surprising of all, to most followers of FCC, is the #3 driver on the list, Jade Cook, driving her canary yellow "Nemesis", and running without nitro, without a blower, without a turbo, even without a hemi. She's consistently gone rounds at every event this year and came close to reaching another final round at Eddyville before a small problem forced her to shut off before staging in the semi-finals.

While the two-time defending series champion, Ken Singleton is still on top of the standings, he's got company in the form of Kirk Williams who has run successfully at NHRA national and regional events in recent years, but has become a full-time member of FCC in 2021. In fact, he's got the hottest car and team in the pits currently, taking the rain-delayed Odessa final during the final qualifying session at Eddyville, then doubling up with the event win later in the day to pull into a tie for the points lead with Singleton. His final round opponent both times on Saturday was Mr. Singleton and the "High Risk" car. It looks like it's going to be quite a battle between these two for the rest of the ' season.

Click on the graphic below to see an enlarged version of the standings. If you want to see the full standings, go to the Funny Car Chaos website and you'll see all 72 drivers that have garnered points so far this year. Note that a racer can only count their seven best races towards the championship. If they miss a race, that counts as their "dropped" race in the final totals.


Funny Car Chaos Points Standings

The latest update as of June 7, 2021



Funny Car Chaos - Eddyville - 2021

We've got the photos from the final round of qualifying at Eddyville, taking place on Saturday afternoon. This time the angles are a little different, with the cars coming at our photographer with the chutes out in the shutdown. As a bonus, the first pair down the track were not only trying to improve their qualifying positions, but were also running the rain-delayed final round from the previous race at Odessa, TX. It was a titanic battle, with both drivers giving it all they had trying to secure the win, the $5000 winners purse, and the all-important points towards the season championship.

FINAL QUALIFYING SESSION

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (left lane) vs 
Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' (right lane) --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing'

(LEFT) The battle for the event win from race #3 (Odessa) saw Kirk Williams (left lane) take on Ken Singleton (right lane) and it was all over at the tree as Singleton left too early, handing the automatic win to Williams. But the top qualifier spot was still up for grabs and Singleton laid down his best run of qualifying at 3.861 - 201.79 in a vain attempt to take back the #1 spot on the ladder

(RIGHT Cruising past with one chute out, Kirk Williams won the race and held onto the top spot with a good 3.76 - 202 pass that was a little slower than his best Friday effort of 3.732 - 200.62

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- Chris Foster - 'Everybody's Nightmare'

(LEFT) Adding insult to injury, Singleton's chutes came out late and he wound up going off the end of the track, but fortunately got it stopped before going into the trees. There was no damage to the car and they were able to get it ready for eliminations without any major stress

(RIGHT) Making good on his last shot, Chris Foster pushed his "Everybody's Nightmare" into the "A" field, improving on his Friday best of 4.342 - 129.80 to a #5 qualifying 3.955 - 192.88 that was much more representative of the car's capabilities

Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' --- Phil Landram - 'Easy Money 2.0'

(LEFT) The last shot for Justin Herbst saw him improve from Friday's 4.577 to a 4.564 - 152.80, but he fell two spots from #18 to #20, remaining in the "C" field

(RIGHT) On the flip side, Phil Landram knocked more than one second off his previous best (6.882 - 66.86) and moved up one spot from #25 to #24 with an improved 5.546 - 124.41 to slot in near the bottom of the "C" field

Robbie Massey - 'Moats, Massey & Grimm' (near 
lane) vs Monty Stotz - 'Blue Thunder' (far lane) --- Monty Stotz - 'Blue Thunder'

(LEFT) There's actually two cars in this photo, but in the far lane - and far, far back - is Monty Stotz, while in the foreground is Robbie Massey in the "Moats, Massey & Grimm" entry. Massey didn't improve over his Friday best of 3.875 - 190.19 but it was still good enough to hold on to the #3 position

(RIGHT) Long after Massey went by, came down, trailing two chutes despite a 'no improvement' that wasn't quicker than his previous 4.505 - 144.28 and saw him drop out of the "B" field into the "C" group. As it turned out, that wasn't such a bad thing for series newcomer Stotz

Lance Van Hauen - 'Van Hauen Bros.' --- Ivan Mercer - 'Mac, Cheese & Joe'

(LEFT) Finally starting getting on top of the combination needed to get down the track, Lance Van Hauen made a big leap up the ladder, from #21 to #14 and placed himself solidly into the "B" field with a decent 4.401 - 165.32, nearly half a second quicker than Friday's efforts

(RIGHT) Showing off his flat black paint scheme, Ivan Mercer slowed after making a big improvement of nearly two seconds and six places in the order, from #24 to #18 and a spot in the "C" field with his 4.477 - 162.45 a vast step forward from a 6-second best on the first day of qualifying

Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger' --- Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop'

(LEFT) The last pair of qualifying started with Steve Timoszyk in his great looking "Detroit Tiger" Monza, and he stepped up just a fraction, from a 4.049 on Friday to a 4.038 - 180.22, that dropped him back one spot from #6 to #7 in the final order

(RIGHT) Closing out our qualifying coverage, Jeff Cameron stepped up nicely, picking up 17 hundredths and climbing from #17 to #12 and a spot in the "B" field for eliminations with his 4.343 - 143.45 clocking


Before eliminations could begin, there was some serious shuffling of the ladders for the three fields. The #8 qualifier, at the bottom of the "A" field, Mary Reep withdrew with a broken motor. Chuck Loftin didn't have enough parts to repair the damage on his aborted Friday afternoon 9-second qualifier and couldn't make the call for the "C" field, while John Umlauf wasn't able to fix his car after Friday's two sessions and had to drop out of the "C" field also. A big shock was Tom Furches being unable to make a pass all weekend due to a bad input shaft (nobody had one that fit his combination), and saw himself drop from #3 in the points standings to the #5 position.


"A" Field - Round One Eliminations

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (near lane) 
vs Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger' (far lane) --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' 
(near lane) vs Bill Naves - 'Shooting Star' (far lane)

(LEFT) The first pair out of the lanes featured points leader Ken Singleton in the near lane against Steve Timoszyk in the far lane. Singleton left first by a tad and steadily pulled away going down the track, stopping the clocks with a great 3.826 - 201.70 to overshadow Timoszyk's good try of 4.263 - 171.04 in the losing cause

(RIGHT) Next up were the winner of the last event on the circuit, Kirk Williams (near lane) against the #9 qualifier (inserted to th "A" field due to Reep's breakage) Bill Naves in the "Shooting Star". Williams left first by nearly half a tenth and ran away from his fellow Top Alcohol racer with low e.t. of the round at 3.810 - 201.34 to cover Naves' slowing 4.109 - 149.80 pass

Robbie Massey - 'Moats, Massey & Grimm' --- Robbie Massey - 'Moats, Massey & Grimm'

It's BURNOUT time, as Robbie Massey lights them up big time in the left photo, then lines up in the near lane (right photo) against.... nobody, as Shayne Lawson had the chutes pop out before staging and left Massey to run a solo. He didn't take it easy, even cutting a great .026 light, then followed up with a 3.983 - 184.50 to advance to the semi-finals

Chris Foster - 'Everybody's Nightmare' --- Chris Foster - 'Everybody's Nightmare' 
(near lane) vs Levi Keenen - 'Illinois Thunder' (far lane)

Another big time tire heater in the left photo, as "Everybody's Nightmare" warms up the track, then Chris Foster (near lane) stages up against Levi Keenen's Arrow-bodied "Illinois Thunder" in a fairly close side-by-side race. Leaving nearly together, Foster took the winlight with a 3.910 - 196.76 over Keenen's solid effort of 4.036 - 184.20. All four winners in the round ran in the 3-second zone, with Massey's 3.983 being the slowest winning time of the group


"B" field - Round One Eliminations


To eliminate possible sandbagging, the FCC rules stipulate that the "B" and "C" fields have an index, fixed two tenths of a second below the lowest qualifying e.t. in the respective fields. With one car broken in the "A" field (Mary Reep) causing Bill Naves to be elevated to the "A" group, the #10 qualifier, Steve Vang, who ran a best of 4.252 in qualifying became the standard bearer for the "B" field and consequently made the index for that group 4.05. Moving down to the "C" group, their quickest qualifer was Jeff Krug with a 4.466 and that made the index 4.27. The index system may sound a little odd, but it's necessary to keep people from going slow in qualifying, then "getting after it" and steamrolling the competition during eliminations. NOTE: The final rounds are heads-up; no breakout.


Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' (near lane) 
vs Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' (far lane) --- Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (near lane) 
vs Jeff Krug 'Obsession' (far lane)

(LEFT) Leading off the "B" field, Jordan Ballew (near lane) matched wheels with Chris Schneider in the very familiar "Brutus" in the far lane, and the race was over before they left the line, with Ballew turning on the redlight, making Schenider's 4.539 - 162.22 pass the winning timeslip, as Ballew was off the pedal early with a 4.638 - 126.80 coming up on the scoreboards

(RIGHT) Next out of the waterbox were Steve Vang (near lane) against Jeff Krug (far lane). Krug, in the "Obsession", cut a very quick .006 light, leaving half a tenth ahead of Vang and taking the holeshot win, with his 4.314 - 168.22 holding on for the win over Vang's quicker 4.296 - 165.56 losing effort

Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' (near lane) 
vs Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' (far lane) --- Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' (near lane) vs 
Lance Van Hauen - 'Van Hauen Bros.' (far lane)

(LEFT) Old against new, as Jeff Cameron in his late model body (near lane) took on the early Chevy "Dragon Slayer" of Andy Mears (far lane) and came close to the index with his winning 4.105 - 158.84 over Mears' 4.390 - 161.41 second best

(RIGHT) The round finished with fan favourite Jade "The Giant Killer" Cook (near lane) taking on the big horsepower Top Alcohol car of Lance Van Hauen, (far lane), leaving first by a smidge, then hanging on for the win with a solid 4.314 - 162.69 pass that took the winlight over Van Hauen's 3.930 - 193.30 effort. Can you say breakout? How about BREAKOUT! as Van Hauen went more than a tenth under the index, and his 193+ mph speed shows that he was on the loud pedal right into the lights


"C" Field - Round One Eliminations


Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre' (near lane) vs 
Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (far lane) --- Monty Stotz - 'Blue Thunder' (near lane) 
vs Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream' (far lane)

(LEFT)The bottom eight qualfiers ran in the "C" field and it opened with Mike Buchanan (near lane) in his "Hombre" Vega leaving second by a ton, "cutting" a .284 light against opponent Daniel Butherus's .062 launch. Starting with a deficit of nearly a quarter of a second, Buchanan made it up and more, crossing the 1/8-mile finish line with a 5.590 - 104.43 pass to easily cover Butherus's slowing 6.106 - 75.20 as he limped through the lights

(RIGHT) In the next pair, Monty Stotz (near lane) left second, but finished first, as he made up for his late launch (.195 to .057) against Dustin Bradford's 'Cuda, putting down a 4.608 - 135.87 to easily outdistance Bradford's 5.201 - 130.32 losing pass

Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' (near lane) 
vs Phil Landram - 'Easy Money 2.0' (far lane) --- Ivan Mercer - 'Mac, Cheese & Joe'

(LEFT) Nearly giving it away with an almost comatose reaction time of .477, Justin Herbst (near lane) had his work cut out for himself, but his much better 4.597 - 149.70 was more than enough to take the win over Phil Landram's losing effort of 5.216 - 132.51 and advance to the semi-final

(RIGHT) Closing out the first round of eliminations, Ivan Mercer, the low qualifier in the "C" field, got to take a single as there was simply no one left in the pits ready to give him a race. He took it easy on the bye, stopping the clocks at a leisurely 5.039 - 116.10 to wrap up the round


"A" Field - Semi-Finals


Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (near lane) 
vs Robbie Massey - 'Moats, Massey & Grimm' (far lane) --- Chris Foster - 'Everybody's Nightmare' 
(far lane) vs Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' (far lane)

(LEFT) Opening the round of four with a great battle, Ken Singleton (near lane) cut a not-so-good light with a reaction time of .152, while opponent Robbie Massey (far lane) took a full tenth of a second advantage at the green with his .047 launch. It took all the horsepower that Singleton could muster to turn on the winlight with his 3.804 - 201.34 just holding off Massey's very competitive 3.941 - 188.68 effort. The margin at the finish was barely a car length

(RIGHT) The other pairing of the semi-finals didn't disappoint, as Chris Foster (near lane) left a tad ahead of Kirk Williams (far lane), but couldn't hold on for the win as his 3.893 - 198.24 fell to Williams' superior 3.827 - 200.62 pass. Again, it was only a one car length victory for the winner, but Williams lost lane choice to Singleton for the final round


"B" Field - Semi-Finals


Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' (near lane) 
vs Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' (far lane)

The first pair featured Jeff Cameron (near lane) against Chris Schneider (far lane), with both cars leaving almost together, but Cameron turning on the winlight with a 4.152 - 155.82 beating Schneider's 4.446 - 160.66 second best effort

Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' --- Jeff Krug - 'Obsession'

(LEFT)Putting down a nice burnout, Jade Cook looked like she might have a chance to be advancing to her third consecutive final round, but the car let her down after the tire smoker and she was forced to shut off before staging

RIGHT)The grateful recipient of Cook's misfortune was Jeff Krug and he made his best pass of the weekend, cranking out a very good 4.203 - 173.21 to advance to his first final round of his Funny Car Chaos career


"C" Field - Semi-Finals

Monty Stotz - 'Blue Thunder' (near lane) 
vs Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' (far lane) --- Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre' (near lane) vs 
Ivan Mercer  'Mac, Cheese & Joe' (far lane)

(LEFT)Starting the "C" field semi-finals were Monty Stotz (near lane) continuing his good luck ways with a winning 4.503 - 154.64 that was enough to make up for his late leave (.197) and defeat Justin Herbst (far lane), who took a five hundredths advantage at the green and hold the lead until the 300' mark, but saw his 4.767 - 133.93 fall short at the finish line

(RIGHT) The last race of the semi-finals saw both racers sit for a rather long time at the line, as Mike Buchanan's .265 reaction time actually outdid Ivan Mercer's even worse .462 effort. Once they actually got in motion, Mercer's 4.551 - 160.20 overcame his late launch deficit, and easily covered Buchanan's 5.170 - 129.80 losing pass


Monty Stotz - 'Blue Thunder' (near lane) 
vs Ivan Mercer - 'Mac, Cheese & Joe' (far lane)

In the "C" field final it was Monty Stotz (near lane) taking the win in the "Blue Thunder" Camaro in his Funny Car Chaos debut, over Ivan Mercer in his "Mac, Cheese & Joe" entry


Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' 
(near lane) vs Jeff Krug - 'Obsession' (far lane)

Closing out the "B" field eliminations, it was Jeff Cameron in his "Jake's Speed Shop" car (near lane) taking the win over Jeff Krug in "Obsession" (far lane)


Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' 
(near lane) vs Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (far lane)

In the "A" field final for the BIG money ($5000 + contingencies to the winner), it was Kirk Williams in the "Williams Bros. Racing" entry (near lane) doubling up with his second event win of the day over Ken Singleton in the "High Risk" entry in the far lane. With the win, Williams moved into a tie for the points lead with Singleton at the halfway point of the season


Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (near lane) 
vs Ray Kelley - 'Game Xchange' (far lane)

As an added bonus for the fans, they finished the night with an impromptu match race between a funny car, Steve Vang in the near lane, matched up with the "Game Xchange" Jet Dragster of Ray Kelley in the far lane. No times or speeds recorded



The latest update as of June 3, 2021



Funny Car Chaos - Eddyville - 2021

It's the fourth installment of the eight race schedule for the FUNNY CAR CHAOS CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR (2021), this week at Eddyville Raceway Park (Oskaloosa, IA) with our southwestern correspondent and ace photographer BIG Bob Snyder on hand to provide us with news and photos of the action. Two qualifying sessions were run last night, with the second round run under the lights and there were some great performances from the 27 cars that made it to the starting line. We'll start with the first session photos, then fill in the details and get the second session posted later today.

There were four no-shows from the pre-entry list, with the "Chi-Town Hustler", owned and driven by Mike Minick having the tow rig break down enroute, while another nitro burner, Vic Tiffin in the "Gold Digger" was unable to appear due to a back injury. The other two no-shows, Robin Rish and Jim Hidy went AWOL and aren't on the next event pre-entry list either.


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --- Jade Cook - 'Nemesis'

(LEFT) This is a weird looking photo, with smoke billowing off the tires, lots ofdeath smoke coming out of the pipes and a big redlight showing on the tree. It's hard to believe that Chuck Loftin could be having this much trouble on the launch in his "Motivation" Mustang, but judging by his #26 showing on the qualifying list with a 9.694 - 51.53, all the clues must add up to a wasted attempt and some wasted parts

(RIGHT) The surprise of the season is the string of strong performances out of what should be the most underpowered car in the field, but Jade Cook and her nitrous assisted "Nemesis" continuing to make good on that nickname for the car as her 4.388 - 156.47 effort put her solidly in the middle of the "B" field at #12


Mary Reep - 'Grim Reeper' (near lane) 
vs Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre' (far lane) --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'

(LEFT) Making her series debut was Mary Reep in the flopper-bodied "Grim Reeper" after a decade or two of competing as an Outlaw Fuel Altered. She made her first passes count, finishing the day in the #7 spot on the list with a very good 4.096 - 181.97 pass to her credit

(RIGHT) Series regular Chris Schneider in the Troxel & Schneider "Brutus" put down a decent opening pass of 4.323 - 165.93 that left him in the #10 position, well into the "B" field going into Saturday's final qualifying session. As always, the fans loved his seriously smokey burnouts


Levi Keenen - 'Illinois Thunder' --- John Umlauf - 'Mass Chaos'

(LEFT) After a strong performance at the season opener at the Texas Motorplex with several runs in the 3.80's, FCC sophomore Levi Keenen put down an excellent 3.892 - 189.47 in his "Illinois Thunder" Arrow that saw him finish the day in the #4 spot, in the middle of the "A" field

(RIGHT) We're not 100% certain that this is John Umlauf Jr. (or is it Sr.?) in the "Mass Chaos" car, but his name appeared well down the qualifying sheet in #20 at 4.697 - 101.90 and a spot near the bottom of the "C" field. This car has much more potential, but he's only got one more chance on Saturday to show what it's capable of


Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing'

(LEFT) Getting more than a little sideways coming out of the water is the familiar "Wicked Weekender" of Oklahoma's Steve Vang, and he put himself near the top of the "B" field with a Friday best of 4.252 - 160.37, leaving him in the #9 position

(RIGHT) This is the first of the NHRA Top Alcohol "refugees" to show up in our coverage as the Williams Bros. team, with Kirk Williams driving blasted into the 3.70's for the provisional #1 qualifying spot at 3.732 - 200.62. In the final qualifying session tomorrow he will face Ken Singleton in the rain-delayed final round from the previous race at Odessa, TX


Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger' --- Phil Landram - 'Easy Money 2.0'

(LEFT) Blitzing the tires on a big burnout, the "Detroit Tiger" of Steve Timoszyk blasted out a 4.049 - 173.08 to place him in the #6 position and solidly into the "A" field as he returns to the FCC circuit after skipping the last two Texas events

(RIGHT) Making his first appearance at Funny Car Chaos, Michigander Phil Landram launches his Camaro-bodied "Easy Money 2.0" to a mediocre best for the day of 6.882 - 66.86 that ended up in the #25 spot on the list and just below the bottom of the "C" field. It may be the perspective from the angle of the car, but it appears that the body is much wider and a little longer than the chassis as the wheels are oddly inset front and rear


Chris Foster - 'Everybody's Nightmare' --- Chris Foster - 'Everybody's Nightmare'

Here's two views of Chris Foster, burning out (left) and launching (right) in what he hopes will be "Everybody's Nightmare" as he returns to FCC for the first time since last season's visit to Eddyville. He's usually seen at NHRA races but likes to run with the Chaos crew when they come to Iowa, and he made a decent pass on Friday, despite shutting off early to a 4.342 - 129.80, good for #11 on the list and a spot in the "B" field


Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' --- Robbie Massey - 'Moats & Massey'

(LEFT) Warming the tires on the "Jake's Speed Shop" entry, Texan Jeff Cameron fell just short of the provisional "B" field, with a 17th best 4.513 - 149.60 pass leaving him well down the ladder

(RIGHT) Looking like the same story as Kirk Williams's as Robbie Massey made his first FCC start since last year's Eddyville race, with the expanded name "Moats & Massey & Grimm" on the car this year. Despite much race action over the past 18 months, Massey put down an excellent 3.875 - 190.19 that held up for the #3 on the ladder and possible lane choice in the first round of eliminations in the "A" field


Lance Van Hauen - 'Van Hauen Bros.' --- Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War'

(LEFT) Our last pair of cars in the first qualifying session featured another series newcomer and longtime NHRA Top Alcohol runner, Lance Van Hauen in the Van Hauen Bros. entry that didn't set the timers on fire with a first effort of 4.873 - 109.46 that left them in the #21 spot and in the middle of the "C" field

(RIGHT) Leaving hard in the beautiful "Man O' War" nitro-burning Mustang, Shayne Lawson broke into the 3-second zone with a very good 3.992 - 168.22, albeit with a slowing speed as he crossed the finish line. That placed him #5 on the list and well into the "A" field going into the evening session


Moving on to the second qualifying session, with cooler temperatures and presumably slightly better track conditions, we've got the under the lights shots to show you. With the longer days as we near the summer solstice, the skies don't get really dark as at the races earlier in the year, making for easier photography and better images. Even better, we've got lots of side-by-side shots in this batch. Since we don't know which session each racer turned their best times, we've only listed their best e.t.'s and speeds for the day.


Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' (near lane) 
vs Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' (far lane) --- Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (near 
lane) vs Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre' (near lane) 
vs Monty Stotz - 'Blue Thunder' --- Mary Reep - 'Grim Reeper' (near lane) 
vs Jeff Krug - 'Obsession' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' --- Phil Landram - 'Easy Money 2.0'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Phil Landram - 'Easy Money 2.0' (near 
lane) vs Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' (far lane) --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (near lane) vs 
Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Chris Foster - 'Everybody's Nightmare' --- Chris Foster - 'Everybody's Nightmare' (near 
lane) vs Levi Keenen - 'Illinois Thunder' (far lane)

(LEFT) Coming out for his second shot at the track, Chris Foster in his black and red "Everybody's Nightmare" failed to improve on his earlier 4.342 - 129.80 clocking

(RIGHT) Here we've got Foster launching his Top Alcohol car in the near lane, while Levi Keenen in the "Illinois Thunder" is putting out some flames on the far side. As with Foster, he failed to improve on his earlier 3.892 - 189.47 clocking


Robbie Massey - 'Moats & Massey & Grimm' --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT) Burning out before making his second qualifier, Kirk Williams in the "Williams Bros. Racing" entry stayed with his best of 3.732 - 200.62 and held down the #1 qualifying spot going into tomorrow's final qualifying session


Robbie Massey - 'Moats & Massey & Grimm' 
(near lane) vs Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' (far lane) --- Ivan Mercer - 'Mac, Cheese & Joe'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' --- Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger' --- Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger' 
(near lane) vs Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)



The latest update as of June 3, 2021



Funny Car Chaos - Eddyville - 2021

It seems like we've just barely finished posting the photos and some of the story from the Good Vibrations March Meet in May event and we're already prepping for this weekend's FUNNY CAR CHAOS event in Oskaloosa, Iowa, home of Eddyville Raceway Park, site of race #4 on the 2021 schedule for the FCC gang. Our photographer, Bob Snyder is already on site and will be sending us photos of all the action from Friday's qualifying and Saturday's final qualifying and eliminations. Then it's down the road a piece to Kearney, Nebraska's, Kearney Raceway Park for event #5 on the FCC schedule next weekend. It's going to be a busy month here, with even more race coverage coming from Bandimere Speedway over the next six weeks too. Stay tuned for all of that... and more.

For this weekend's FCC event at Eddyville, there are 31 cars pre-entered, including several newcomers to the circuit. Easily one of the most recognizable names from the history of Fuel Funny Car racing is the iconic "Chi-Town Hustler" and it will be there, driven by Mike Minick, the grandson of the original Chi-Town driver, Pat Minick. Joining the Hustler team will be another NHRA Top Alcohol "refugee" as Lance Van Hauen will bring his "little big show" car into the Chaos corral for the first time, joining Chris Foster, Kirk Williams and Bill Naves as four TA/FC's will compete with the assortment of blown fuel and alcohol and nitrous injected (Jade Cook and her "Nemesis" entry) cars for this event.

And as an added bonus, Wulff Pumps has stepped up with the money to support another "C" field, giving 24 cars a chance in eliminations. But wait... there's even more! There's four injected funny cars and a pair of Jet funny cars running too. It's guaranteed to be quite a show, and we can hardly wait for the first batch of photos from Big Bob tomorrow. Stay tuned for that and more this weekend.


The latest update as of May 31, 2021



March Meet 2021 poster --- March Meet in May poster

We've got the first installment of photos from Sunday's eliminations at the Good Vibrations March/May Meet and they show most of the finals in the sportsman and some of the PRO categories. Our hard working correspondent started the long, hot drive home from Bakersfield at 4:00 a.m. today and won't be sending any more photos until at least tomorrow. That will give us a bit of time to catch up on all the great photos he sent us over the past week and fill in the blanks (details and captions) on the race. Stay tuned to this page for regular updates throughout the next few days.


Marvin Rules - Hot Rod - #1046 - '73 Vega --- Tony Citro - D/GAS - #767A - '75 Camaro (near lane) vs 
Don Fournier - DGAS - #F762 - '48 Anglia (far lane)

(LEFT) Running all by himself at this point, as his red-lighting opponent kept the pedal to the metal, the Hot Rod Eliminator winner, Marvin Rules in his flamed '73 Vega took it easy enroute to the winner's circle with his 10.320 - 131.78 taking the automatic winlight

(RIGHT) The D/Gas final between Tony Citro in the '75 Camaro (near lane) and Don Fournier in his beautiful '48 Anglia (far lane), went to Fournier as his 10.631 - 112.49 was more than enough to cover Citro's slowing 10.904 - 95.35 pass


Val Miller - B/GAS - #7542 - '71 'Cuda --- Rich Harrison - A/GAS - #7720 - '69 Camaro (near lane) 
vs Roy Castagnetto - AGAS - #7476 - '67 Nova - 'Solar Needs Racing' (far lane)

(LEFT) Doing almost everything right, by leaving first and running quicker, the runnerup in B/Gas, Val Miller in his sharp looking '71 Cuda, gave it all away with a breaking-out 8.572 - 154.37 against the 8.60-index, giving John Saliani (not shown) the win with his safe 8.649 - 156.05 effort

(RIGHT) In the A/Gas final, a pair of Chevys battled it out, with Roy Castagnetto in his '67 Nova (far lane) taking the win with a dead-on the index 7.600 - 174.05 run, as Rich Harrison and his '69 Camaro (near lane) was just a hair slower at 7.615 - 178.76 for the loss. Making the race even closer was the (.031 to .034) reaction time advantage which went to Harrison, making the finish line margin just twelve thousandths of a second


Steve Schoenfeld - NE1 - #689V - 'Buddy's Toy Too' (near lane) vs 
Dustin Lee - NE1 - #7998 (far lane) --- Sam Tucker - NE2 - #7161 - '32 Bantam - 'Buddy's Toy Too' 
(near lane) vs Terri Scaduto - NE2 - #772T - FED

(LEFT) In a real old school-looking race, the Nostalgia Eliminator I final featured the winner, Steve Schoenfeld in his "Buddy's Toy Too" altered (near lane) running close to the 7.60 index, with his 7.634 - 165.31 coupled with a good reaction time of .030, forcing Dustin Lee (far lane) in his dragster into a breaking out 7.586 - 171.51 in a futile effort to overcome a slight reaction time disadvantage (.045 leave). It was close at the finish with just three hundredths separating the cars

(RIGHT) In Nostalgia Eliminator II, an 8.60 index class, winner Terri Scaduto (far lane) in her front-engined dragster took the win with a 8.604 - 156.57 pass over a breaking out Sam Tucker, as his 8.586 - 153.75 in his bright white '32 Bantam was just a little too quick. It was a close launch for the competitors, with Scaduto's .022 light just edging out Tucker's .030 leave. The margin at the finish line was only one hundredth of a second


Don Morris - NE3 - #H747 - '23 T (near lane) vs 
Ed de Staute - NE3 - #716 - '62 Corvette (far lane) --- Don Enriquez - JRFuel - #723 (near lane) vs Brad Woodard -
JRFuel - #7537 - 'Alcohol Abuse' (far lane)

(LEFT) The Nostalgia Eliminator III final featured a double breakout on the 9.60 index, with Don 'The Kid' Morris (near lane) the worst offender, giving away the win despite a 9.519 - 132.23 pass, and making Ed de Staute (far lane) with his 9.554 - 139.63 in his '59 'Vette. De Staute left first (.026 to .064) which made for a photo finish, with just .003 separating the cars at the stripe

(RIGHT) Moving up the performance ladder to Junior Fuel, the ageless veteran Don Enriquez, wheeled partner Bob McKray's dragster (near lane) to yet another winner's circle appearance, with his final round 7.229 - 185.54 (on a 7.14 index for the "C" class car) holding up for the win. In the far lane, runnerup Brad Woodard in his "A" class car, running on a 6.89 index, lost with a very good 6.975 - 189.66 effort. Showing that age hadn't slowed his reflexes, Enriquez left first on Woodard, by a margin of .018 to .025, and his small holeshot held up for a four thousandths of a second lead at the finish line


Sabrina Capps - A/FD - #7574 --- Kin Bates - A/FD - #7573 - 'U.S. Air Force' (near lane) 
vs Sabrina Capps - A/FD - #7574 (far lane)

(LEFT) Here's the runnerup in the A/Fuel Dragster class, as Sabrina Capps left waaay too soon (-.253 redlight) and threw away a competitive 6.366 - 207.72 effort

(RIGHT) This photo clearly shows the big lead that Sabrina had due to her early leave, as the automatic winner, Kin Bates in his "U.S. Air Force" car, put down a very good 6.156 - 226.24 pass for the win


Billy McDevitt - NPC - #7295 (near lane) vs Mike Halstead - 
NPC - #3 (far lane) --- Johnny West - AA/FA - #7066 - 'Plan 'A'

In case you're wondering what the Nitro Pro Comp category is all about: it's a grouping of what was intended to be a rear-engined Top Fuel class with specs from the first generation (1970's) of the back-motored diggers. They tried to promote it at the Hot Rod Reunion for a while, but never attracted more than a small handful of competitors. Now they've opened it up to the "homeless" dragsters, and the occasional flopper that can't run with the "big boys" in the Nitro Nostalgia Funny Cars class (AA/FC).

(LEFT) Here's the Nitro Pro Comp final, with Billy McDevitt in the "Borjon Auto Center" dragster (near lane) trailing perennial winner Mike Halstead in his "Mike's Transmissions" entry at the 1000 ft mark. After near identical reactions, Halstead coasted across the line with his 5.955 - 185.38 barely covering McDevitt's fast closing 5.990 - 237.92 pass. The gap at the 1320 mark was barely a car length

(RIGHT) We've got a single shot (so far) from the AA/Fuel Altered final round, with runnerup Johnny West up to speed in his "Plan 'A'". He lost due to a -.012 redlight and shut off to a coasting 7.157 - 140.93 as Eric Gates took the win at a leisurely 8.913 - 98.26 in his "Agent Orange" entry


James Maher - CIFCA

Here's the CIFCA (California Injected Funny Car Association) "B" field final round, showing James Maher in the "Junior Vibes" '85 Ford Tempo (near lane) taking the win with a 7.143 - 186.30 (just over the 7.10 index) over Pete Ortiz Jr. (far lane) in his mean looking '97 Olds Cutlass "Outcast" who clocked a 7.382 - 192.28 in the losing effort. Making it close at the finish line was Ortiz's reaction time advantage (.046 to Maher's .161), which left Ortiz .128 behind at the quarter-mile mark

Adam Sorokin - AA/FD - #766 - 'Champion Speed Shop Special' --- Dan Horan Jr. - AA/FD - #7736 (near lane) vs Frank McBee Jr. - 
AA/FD - #775 (far lane)

(LEFT) Seemingly running by himself, Adam Sorokin in the awesomely cool looking "Champion Speed Special" took an easy win (6.158 - 202.00) in the first round of Nostalgia Top Fuel (AA/FD) eliminations, as opponent, and top qualifier, Bret Williamson, in the "Forever Young" entry, smoked the tires and shut off to a 13-second clocking

(RIGHT) In the next pairing, Dan Horan Jr. (near lane) looks to be slightly ahead of opponent Frank McBee Jr. (far lane) as they pass half track


Frank McBee Jr. - AA/FD - #775 --- Dan Horan Jr. - AA/FD - #7736 (near lane) vs 
Frank McBee Jr. - AA/FD - #775 (far lane)

(LEFT) A closeup of Frank McBee Jr. as he speeds away

(RIGHT) Heading for the top end, it's Dan Horan Jr. (near lane) coming from behind to take a 5.824 - 244.25 win over the good effort of Frank McBee Jr. in the "Valley Thunder" (far lane), who trailed with a solid 5.954 - 248.75 clocking. Leaving first by an .052 to .125 margin, McBee came close to catching Horan at the finish line, but fell a little more than a car length short


Tom Padilla - AA/FA - #601 - 'Red Dragon' (near lane) 
vs James Generalao Jr. - AA/FA - #7841 - 'Impatient' (far lane) --- Pete Peterson - AA/FA - #7212 (near lane) vs Eric Gates - 
AA/FA - #7536 - 'Agent Orange' (far lane)

(LEFT) We now move to the first round of eliminations for the AA/Fuel Altereds, running on a 6.00-index. In the first pair, it's Arlington, Washington's Tom Padilla in his "Red Dragon" (near lane) '27 T-truck pulling ahead of James Generalao Jr. and his "Impatient" entry, but breaking out in the process, wasting a fine 5.968 - 216.20 effort, to hand the default win to Generalao's slowing 7.349 - 124.59 run

(RIGHT) It looks like a bit of a runaway win for Pete Peterson (near lane) in his '48 Fiat Topolino in the next pair, but his just-too-quick 5.910 - 227.96 was another breakout (and low e.t. of the round). Taking the win was Eric Gates (far lane) in his "Agent Orange" '23 'T' with a decent 6.384 - 203.74 effort


Mark Whynaught - AA/FA - #E737 - 'Nitro Mamba' (near lane) 
vs Nick VanHorn - AA/FA - #7354 - 'Panic!' (far lane) --- Kamaka Pocock - AA/FC - #808 - 'California Hustler' (near lane) 
vs Bobby Cottrell - AA/FC - #776 - 'Northwest Hitter' (far lane)

(LEFT) In a first round battle in AA/Fuel Altered, Mark Whynaught in the sinister looking "Nitro Mamba" '23 "T" (near lane) took the win with a 6.109 - 202.97 over the breaking-out Nick VanHorn in the "Panic!" '32 Bantam (far lane), as his quicker 5.976 - 246.57 was just under the 6.00 index. Leaving .046 later than the winner, VanHorn really kept the pedal down, evidenced by the HUGE top end speed, in a futile effort to take the win

(RIGHT) Moving to the second round of eliminations (first round run Saturday evening), the Nostaliga Funny Cars (AA/Funny Cars) saw the pair of Kamaka Pocock in Don Nelson's "California Hustler" (near lane) matched up against the "Northwest Hitter" of Bucky Austin, wheeled by Bobby Cottrell. After a near even leave, Cottrell's low e.t. and top speed of the meet 5.605 - 262.64 covered Pocock's very game effort of 5.745 - 252.47 for the win and lane choice in the semis


Michael Peck Jr. - AA/FC - #6591 - 'Instigator' (near lane) 
vs Brad Thompson - AA/FC - #791 - 'Jailbreak' (far lane) --- Brad Thompson - AA/FC - #791 - 'Jailbreak'

The last pair of the round featured Michael Peck Jr. in the Quote Wizard-sponsored "Instigator" (near lane) taking an easy win over Brad Thompson (far lane) by a margin of 5.708 - 258.37 to the losing 6.458 - 158.84 for the "Jailbreak" Camaro. Despite a better reaction time (.047 to .111), the gap at the finish line was several train lengths as Thompson's car trailed several pistons worth of "death smoke" on the top end (right photo)


Tyler Hilton - AA/FD - #379 - 'Great Expectations III' 
(near lane) vs Jim Muprhy - AA/FD - #774 - 'WW III' (far lane) --- Tyler Hilton - AA/FD - #379 - 'Great Expectations III'

Moving on to Nostalgia Top Fuel (AA/Fuel Dragster), the first pair had Tyler Hilton in the Jim & Allison Lee-owned "Great Expectations III" running away from Jim Murphy and his "WW III" entry, taking the win decisively with a conservative 6.201 - 237.84 clocking against Murphy's coasting 12.469 - 68.39 effort. On the right, we see Hilton nearing the finish line


Jeff Utterback - NPC - #735 - 'Advanced Surfaces' --- Steve Schoenfeld - NE1 - #689V - 'Sonny's Toy Too'

(LEFT) With only three cars in the Nitro Pro Comp class, there had to be a loser in the first round of eliminations, and it was Jeff Utterback in the "Advanced Surfaces" '74 Vega, dropping a not-even-close decision to Mike Halstead, as Utterback's 7.43 - 124.97 was a long way off the 5.90 class index.

(RIGHT) Seen here in the first round of eliminations, the eventual NE1 (Nostalgia Eliminator 1) winner, Steve Schoenfeld in the "Sonny's Toy Too" altered, as he tested the 7.60 index with a free pass when his opponent broke before staging. Schoenfeld's 7.598 - 174.62 was just two thousandths under the index to indicate that he was dialled in almost perfectly


The latest update as of May 30, 2021



March Meet 2021 poster --- March Meet in May poster

In case you're wondering why we're not getting any top end shots or closeup starting line shots, there's two reasons: one, media credentials were allegedly in short supply (according to Famoso Dragway management), hence we have our correspondent shooting from the spectator side grandstands, and secondly, as you'll see in the photo below, there's a virtual tent city erected over the top rows of the pit side grandstand, preventing him from getting high enough above the track to get any really good shots.


Tent City in the pit side grandstands

You've got to get there pretty early in the morning to snag a spot at the top of the grandstands for your pop-up canopy


We've got photos from Saturday's final qualifying sessions, starting with Xtreme Pro Mods West, then moving right into the Nostalgia Funny Car & Top Fuel classes, followed by some of the California Injected Funny Car Association entrants, and finishing with the always popular and unpredictable AA/Fuel Altereds. Hope you enjoy them!


Troy Ferry - PM - #7247 (near lane) 
vs Jeremy Hanger - PM - #750 - 'Kirk Kuhns' (far lane) --- Sean Renteria - PM - #7965 - 'R.E. 
Borrmann's Steel Co.' (near lane) vs Josh Kalish - PM - #711 (far lane)

(LEFT) While not strictly speaking a nostalgia class, with the 2014 Challenger of Troy Ferry in the near lane, the Pro Mods put together a fairly tightly bunched field, with a quarter second separating the top seven qualifiers. Ferry's best time in qualifying was for the #7 position, while Jeremy Hanger in the Kirk Kuhns '59 Corvette held down the #3 spot with a solid 5.930 - 240.17 effort

(RIGHT) In the near lane, veteran Sean Renteria topped the field in his unique '65 Valiant with a very good that held up as low e.t. of the event. In the far lane, Josh Kalish nearly broke into the 5's with his '53 Studebaker, just falling short with a 6.027 - 239.48 to slot into the #6 spot on the ladder


Brad Thompson's BUG - Back-Up Girl - 'Jailbreak' team --- Billy Morris - AA/FC - #7000 - 
'Problem Child' (near lane) vs Michael Peck Jr. - AA/FC - #6591 - 'The Instigator' (far lane)

(LEFT) Unfortunately we didn't get a picture of Brad Thompson's System One sponsored "Jailbreak" car, but we managed to snag a pic of his helpful BUG (Back-Up Girl). We can however, report that she must have helped as Brad snuck into the bump spot with an improved 6.033 - 211.96 that was good enough to anchor the field

(RIGHT) The first pair of cars we can show from the final AA/Funny Car qualifying session are Billy Morris and his Camaro-bodied "Problem Child" in the near lane, paired up with the Northwest's Michael Peck Jr. in the Quote Wizard-backed "Instigator". Morris stepped up in a big way on his last shot, climbing from the #19 spot all the way to #6 with a very good 5.727 - 247.02, while Peck picked up a tenth and five mph, to move from #12 to #8 on the final qualifying list


Geoff Monise - AA/FC - #7787 - 
'Quartr Pounder' (near lane) vs Matt Melendez - AA/FC - #7001 - 'Cacklin' Critter' --- Terry Jongewaard - AA/FC - #701

(LEFT) One of the longest competing Funny Car teams in the pits, the Van Gundy, Clark & Monise group, with their iconic "Quarter Pounder" (near lane), were barely hanging on to a spot in the field with a 15th best 6.098 - 219.40 from Friday, but they pumped up the volume to the tune of a 5.813 - 232.75 to move up to #13 in the field. In the far lane, the "Cacklin' Critter" Challenger of Matt Melendez kept the throttle open to the finish line, picking up a full tenth from his Friday best of 5.923 to a #15 qualifying 5.852 - 233.20

(RIGHT) Running by himself in a last ditch attempt to stay in the field, Terry Jongewaard in the '79 Omni failed to hang onto to the bump spot (from Friday) as he couldn't improve on his earlier 6.136 - 232.43 and ended the weekend in the 2nd alternate spot and an early trip home


Kamaka Pocock - AA/FC - #808 - 
'California Hustler' --- Dan Horan - AA/FD - #7736

(LEFT) Before we move on to the Top Fuel Dragsters, Don Nelson's "California Hustler", with Hawaiian import Kamaka Pocock at the wheel,

(RIGHT)


Dan Horan - AA/FD - #7736 (near lane) 
vs Pete Wittenberg - AA/FD - #1 - 'KMA Circuit Breaker' (far lane) --- Frank McBee Jr. - AA/FD - #775 - 
'Valley Thunder' (near lane) vs Jim Murphy - AA/FD - #774 - 'WW III' (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Adam Sorokin - AA/FD - #766 - 
'Champion Speed Shop Special' --- Bret Williamson - AA/FD - #7238 - 
'Forever Young'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Dave Kommel - 'Outstanding In His Field' --- Ralph Fox - 7.0 PRO - #641 - 'Fox & Goosella'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Jesse Welch - #696 - BB/FC - 'Hart Braker Too' - '79 Omni 
(near lane) vs Brett Lammers - BB/FC - #7532 - 'Terminus' - '80 Datsun (far lane) --- Don Hart - BB/FC - #663 - 'Hart Braker' - '78 Corvette

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


James Maher - CIFCA - #777 - 'Junior Vibes' - '84 Tempo (near lane) 
vs Jim Maher - CIFCA - #701 - 'Good Vibrations' - '85 Tempo (far lane) --- James Maher - CIFCA - #777 - 'Junior Vibes' - '84 Tempo (near lane) 
vs Jim Maher - CIFCA - #701 - 'Good Vibrations' - '85 Tempo (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Keith Wilson - AA/FA - #770 - 'Witch Doctor' - '39 Fiat --- Robert Winefsky - AA/FA - #768R - 'Nitro Moose' - '32 Bantam

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Keith Wilson - AA/FA - #770 - 'Witch Doctor' - '39 Fiat 
Topolino (near lane) vs Robert Winefsky - AA/FA - #768R - 'Nitro Moose' - '32 Bantam (far lane) --- Randy Bradford - AA/FA - #648 - 'Bradford's Fiat - '48 Fiat

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Nick Van Horn - AA/FA - #7534 - 'Panic' - '32 Bantam 
(near lane) vs Randy Bradford - AA/FA - #648 - 'Bradford's Fiat - '48 Fiat (far lane) --- Nick Van Horn - AA/FA - #7534 - 'Panic' - '32 Bantam 
(left lane) vs Randy Bradford - AA/FA - #648 - 'Bradford's Fiat - '48 Fiat (right lane)


Kyle Hough - AA/FA - #784 - 'Nanook' - '23 T --- Kyle Hough - AA/FA - #784 - 'Nanook' - '23 T


Kyle Hough - AA/FA - #784 - 'Nanook' - '23 T (near lane) 
vs Tom Padilla - AA/FA - #601 - 'Red Dragon' - '27 T (far lane) --- Johnny West - AA/FA - #7066 - 'Plan 'A' - '23 T (near lane) 
vs Pete Petersen - AA/FA - #7212 - '37 Fiat Topolino (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Rodney Flournoy - AA/FA - #7786 - 'Godzilla II' - '23 T --- Rodney Flournoy - AA/FA - #7786 - 'Godzilla II' - '23 T



The latest update as of May 29, 2021



March Meet 2021 poster --- March Meet in May poster

Jason Rupert - AA/FC - #766 - 
'Atlas Testing Labs' (near lane) vs Bill Windham - AA/FC - #7111 - 'Shakedown' (far lane)

Returning to the nostalgia ranks for a one-shot appearance was Jason Rupert, filling in for the unavailable owner/driver of his former ride (Pete Espeseth), as Jason made his first pass in his old car in two and a half years. Showing absolutely no rust after his long layoff, Rupert pushed his old mount to a 5.719 - 254.42 on his first pass


Tony Jurado - AA/FC - #7098 - 'Capitol 
Punishment' (near lane) vs Dean Oberg - AA/FC - #7684 - 'Fighting Irish' (far lane) --- Jason Rupert - AA/FC - #766 - 
'Atlas Testing Labs' (near lane) vs Bill Windham - AA/FC - #7111 - 'Shakedown' (far lane)


Matt Melendez - AA/FC - #7001 - 'Cacklin' 
Critter' --- Matt Melendez - AA/FC - #7001 - 'Cacklin' 
Critter' (near lane) vs Kris Krabill - AA/FC - #732 - 'Screamer' (far lane)


Matt Bynum - AA/FC - #707 - 'Cecil Matthews Motorsports' 
(near lane) vs Geoff Monise - AA/FC - #7787 - 'Quarter Pounder' (far lane) --- Bobby Cottrell - AA/FC - #776 - 'Northwest 
Hitter'


Dan Horan - AA/FC - #736 - 'Infinity Plumbing' 
(far lane) vs Bobby Cottrell - 'Northwest Hitter' backup girl (near lane) --- Bobby Cottrell - 'Northwest Hitter' (near lane) vs
Dan Horan - AA/FC - #736 - 'Infinity Plumbing' (far lane)


Bobby Cottrell - 'Northwest Hitter' (near lane) vs
Dan Horan - AA/FC - #736 - 'Infinity Plumbing' (far lane) --- Kamaka Pocok - AA/FC - #808 - 'California Hustler' 
(near lane) vs Rian Konno - AA/FC - #758 -


Brad Thompson - AA/FC - #791 - 'Jailbreak' (near lane) 
vs Michael Peck Jr. - AA/FC - #6591 - 'The Instigator' (far lane) --- Jeff Gregory - AA/FC - #555 - 'Madness' (near lane) 
vs Billy Morris - AA/FC - #7000 - 'Problem Child' (far lane)


Cory Lee - AA/FC - #13 - 'The Pdealer' --- Terry Jongewaard - AA/FC - #701


George Vadnerpool - 7.0 PRO - #7808 (near lane) 
vs Elly Stafford - 7.0 PRO - #750E - 'Killer Crower' (far lane) --- Richard High - 7.0 PRO - #791


Jerry Kumre Jr. - A/FD - #713 (near lane) vs 
Wayne Ramay - A/FD - #7828 (far lane) --- Shayne Stewart - A/FD - #7724


Al White - A/Gas - #721 - '65 GTO - 'Brutus' --- Casey Truer - A/Gas - #7570 - '33 Willys


Jim Data - A/Gas - #7257 - '57 Pontiac --- Billy Morris - AA/FC - #7000 - 'Problem Child' 
(near lane) vs Mat Bynum - AA/FC - #707 - 'Cecil Matthews Motorsports' (far lane)


Dan Horan Jr. - AA/FC - #736 - 'Infinity Plumbing' 
(near lane) vs Cory Lee - AA/FC - #13 - 'The Pedaler' (far lane) --- Dan Horan Jr. - AA/FC - #736 - 'Infinity Plumbing' 
(near lane) vs Cory Lee - AA/FC - #13 - 'The Pedaler' (far lane)


Wheelstanding PT Cruiser --- Ed 'The Outlaw' Jones - wheelstanding stagecoach


Adam Sorokin - AA/FD - #766 - 'Champion Speed Shop 
Special' --- Bryan Hall - AA/FD - #710H



The latest update as of May 28, 2021



March Meet 2021 poster --- March Meet in May poster

We've fallen victim to a modern inconvenience: a sloooooowwww wi-fi connection at the motel, as Dale Fackler is slowly sending us the results of all his hard work from the grandstands at Bakersfield yesterday. We've got one photo so far, with Dylan Winefsky making a test pass in father Robert's "Nitro Moose" AA/Fuel Altered. The plan is for 16-year old Dylan to finish licensing in Tucson, then take over the reins from his dad, who's making his final driving appearance at this year's Good Vibrations March Meet.


Dylan Winefsky - 'Nitro Moose'

Making one of his first launches in a seriously powerful AA/FA, young Dylan tests the Famoso traction


We lead off today's photo coverage of the March Meet with the always popular 7.0 PRO class, then it's straight into Junior Fuel, followed by A/Fuel Dragster. Note that two combinations are allowed in A/Fuel: injected on nitro or blown on alcohol. Junior Fuel is just injected nitro with small block (mostly Chevy) engines.


Dave Rosenberg - 7.0 PRO - #121 (near lane) vs 
Richard High - 7.0 PRO - #791 (far lane) --- Lawton Ferreira Jr. - 7.0 PRO - #713F - 'Top Flight' (near 
lane) vs Scott Corbett - 7.0 PRO - #754C (far lane)

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)


Vince Generalao Jr. - 7.0 PRO - #7560 - '32 Bantam roadster --- Chris Bates - 7.0 PRO - #7711 - 'Boudakian Racing'

(LEFT) Making another pass in his 7.0 PRO '32 Bantam roadster, Vince Generalao Jr. lights up the hides on the burnout

(RIGHT) Bannering a name that's been around the sport of drag racing since the 1950's (!), Chris Bates is wheeling the "Boudakian Racing" 7.0 Pro '23 "T" roadster


Don Enriquez - J/F - #723 --- Shayne Stewart - A/FD - #7724 (near lane) vs 
Rick Ewens - A/FD - #7226 (far lane)

(LEFT) Ageless veteran Don Enriquez is still at it, and very competitive, in his Junior Fueler

(RIGHT) Coming all the way from Melbourne, Australia is Shayne Stewart (near lane) and he lights the tires right off the line in his A/FD, while in the far lane, Arizona's Rick Ewens leaves hard with the tires hooked up


Clayton Zulim - A/FD - #7829 ---  Clayton Zulim - A/FD - #7829 (near lane) vs 
Sabrina Capps - A/FD - #7574 (far lane)


Wayne Ramay - A/FD - #7828 --- Kin Bates - A/FD - #7573 - 'Air Force' (near lane) 
vs Shawn Corbari - A/FD - #7293 (far lane)


Mark Tarabochia - CIFCA - #6265 - 'Bad Medicine'


Kris Krabill - AA/FC - #732 - 'Screamer' (near lane) vs 
Matt Melendez - AA/FC - #7001 - 'Cacklin' Critter' (far lane) --- Billy Morris - AA/FC - #7000 - 'Problem Child' (near lane) 
vs Matt Bynum - AA/FC - #707 - 'Cecil Matthews Motorsports' (far lane)

(LEFT) In the near lane, Kris Krabill got acclimated to his new ride in the "Screamer", with a half track pass (6.79 - 139.06, while in the far lane, Matt Melendez carded a solid 5.90 - 230.61 in the "Cacklin' Critter" Challenger

(RIGHT) Two more of the regulars on the Heritage Series circuit came out next, with Billy Morris in the "Problem Child" Camaro (near lane), while Matt Bynum (far lane) wheeled the "Cecil Matthews Motorsports" entry to an early shutoff 6.16 - 183.22


Dan Horan - AA/FC - #736 - 'Infinity Plumbing' (near lane) 
vs Kamaka Pocock - AA/FC - #808 - 'California Hustler' (far lane) --- Dan Horan - 5.59 - 260.11 (left) Kamaka 
Pocock 6.04 - 197.84 (right) scoreboards

A great looking side-by-side battle between veteran flopper and digger pilot Dan Horan (Jr.) in the "Infinity Plumbing" Camaro (near lane) and rookie Kamaka Pocock in Don Nelson's "California Hustler" ended a little early Pocock as he shut off early to a 6.04 - 197.48 clocking, while Horan drove it all the way through the lights to a big number of 5.59 - 260.11 on his first test run


Kyle Hough - AA/FA - #784 - 'Nanook' (near lane) vs 
Bob Godfrey - AA/FC - #748 - 'Burnin' Money' (far lane) --- Derrick Moreira - AA/FA - #708


'Nitro' Jim Holtz - AA/FA - #7077 - 'CBC Truck Repair' --- 'Nitro' Jim Holtz - AA/FA - #7077 - 'CBC Truck Repair'


Eric Gates - AA/FA - #7536 - 'Agent Orange' --- James Generalao Jr. - AA/FA - #7841 - 'Impatient'

(LEFT)

(RIGHT) Las Vegas resident James Generalao Jr. tested the 6.00-index for the AA/Fuel Altereds and found he had a little too much power as he clocked a "breaking-out" 5.89 - 211.36 despite lifting off the loud pedal at the 1000 ft mark


Over The Hill Gang having a bad day - AA/FA


Tony Jurado - AA/FC - #7098 - 'Capitol Punishment' --- Tony Jurado - AA/FC - #7098 - 'Capitol Punishment' (near lane) 
vs Frank McBee Jr. - AA/FD - #775 - 'Valley Thunder' (far lane)

(LEFT) Bringing out the "Capitol Punishment" Camaro for the first time in more than a year, Tony Jurado put down a very impressive 5.75 - 222.66 even though he was off the throttle early

(RIGHT)


Michael Peck Jr. - AA/FC - #6591 - 'The Instigator' --- Jeff Gregory - AA/FC - #555 -


Dan Horan - AA/FD - #7736 --- Dan Horan - AA/FD - #7736


Jim Murphy - AA/FD - #774 - 'WW III' (near lane) vs 
Adam Sorokin - AA/FD - #766 - 'Champion Speed Shop Special' --- Jim Murphy - AA/FD - #774 - 'WW III' (near lane) vs 
Adam Sorokin - AA/FD - #766 - 'Champion Speed Shop Special'

Getting in a solid pass was Jim Murphy in his WW III entry as he laid down a 5.91 - 249.53 (near lane), while on the far side, the unique looking and sounding (small-block Chevy power) "Champion Speed Shop Special" driven by Adam Sorokin shut off early to a 6.48 - 162.18


Adam Sorokin - AA/FD - #766 - 'Champion Speed Shop Special'


Tyler Hilton - AA/FD - #379 - 'Great Expectations III --- Tyler Hilton - AA/FD - #379 - 'Great Expectations III'



The latest update as of May 27, 2021



March Meet 2021 poster --- March Meet in May poster

It's May 27th today... and here we are featuring the Good Vibrations March Meet being held in late May for the first - and hopefully last - time of the year. Our Colorado correspondent made the trek across the mountains from the Denver area to sunny central California, and the warm environs of Famoso Dragway in beautiful Kern County. Yesterday's early test 'n' tune saw numerous cars testing the track; most for the first time in 2021, and for some, the first time in nearly a full year. We've got the first batch - of what promises to be many - photos coming to Northern Thunder over the weekend. Remember to keep refreshing the page each time you visit to see the latest additions to our coverage.

Racers from the Group 1 & 2 categories were allowed to make two test passes yesterday, and today all racers, except Top Fuel and Funny Car make their first qualifying runs. The nitro racers have a test session in the late afternoon, early evening hours and that promises to be quite a prelude to the full-on action that starts tomorrow.

Johnny Kirschenman - #7757 - '55 T-Bird --- Johnny Kirschenman - #7757 - '55 T-Bird

We start our coverage with two pics of Johnny Kirschenman in his - and I'm just guessing here - '55 T-Bird flopper. He runs as part of the CIFCA (California Injected Funny Car Association) and they will be an official eliminator category at this year's running of the March Meet. While some of the cars are still injected, most are running blown alcohol engines as the group is trying to stay relevant in this age of very fast race cars


Rick Alvarado - 'Little Mighty Mouse' - #7401 --- Sabrina Pecora - NE1 - #786P - 'Pecora Family Racing' 
(near lane) vs NE1 - #33 (far lane)

(LEFT) Another of the CIFCA cars, this time Rick Alvarado and his "Little Mighty Mouse" entry

(RIGHT) We move to a Nostalgia Eliminator 1, with Sabrina Pecora in her '37 Fiat Topolino (near lane) lined up against an unidentified early Hemi-powered dragster in the far lane. These cars run on a 7.60 index


Jim Miller - NE2 - #R747 - 'Compulsive Obsession' - '29 Ford 
(near lane) vs NE2 - #728 (far lane) --- Robert Johnson - NE2 - #751J - (near lane) vs 
Steve Olmscheid - NE2 - #755 - 'Bad Ass' - '23 Ford (far lane)

(LEFT) Moving down one notch to Nostalgia Eliminator 2 (running on an 8.60 index) we've got Jim Miller in his "Compulsive Obsession" '29 Ford Roadster (near lane) paired up with an unidentified stretched altered in the far lane

(RIGHT) It's Robert Johnson in his injected dragster (near lane) running against Steve Olmscheid's '23 Ford altered "Bad Ass" in the far lane


' NE2 - #718 - Kin Hee's Revenge' --- George Chatterton - NE2 - #A704 - 'Hitman' - '37 Fiat 
(near lane) vs Adam Westbrook - NE2 - #784P - '32 Bantam (far lane)

(LEFT) It's "Kin Hee's Revenge" (hard to decipher the Olde English script) and the competition number isn't in my database (aka: Drag Race Central)

(RIGHT) We've got the details on this pair: George Chatterton in his '37 Fiat Topolino "Hitman" (near lane) and Adam Westbrook in his '32 Bantam roadster (far lane)


Randy Winkle - NE2 - #752M - --- Jason Trubey - NE2 - #7410 - 'Trubey Racing' - '37 Fiat 
(near lane) vs Todd Fernandes - NE2 - #728M - '32 Bantam (far lane)

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Mike Cross - 7.0 PRO - #797 - 'Flashback' (near lane) 
vs  - 7.0 PRO - #618 - 'Long Shot' (far lane) --- Dave Rosenberg - 7.0 PRO - #121 (near lane) 
vs Rod Horn - 7.0 PRO - #754G - '23 Ford (far lane)


Jerry Buckley - 7.0 PRO - #7608 - 'Crazy Train III' 
(near lane) vs Dave Rosenberg - 7.0 PRO - #121 (far lane) ---  - 7.0 PRO - #618 - 'Long Shot' (near lane) vs 
Mike Cross - 7.0 PRO - #797 - 'Flashback' (far lane)


Dwight Garland - 7.0 PRO - #981 - 'Ape Shaker 2' (near lane) 
vs Ralph Fox - 7.0 PRO - #641 - 'Fox & Goosela' (far lane) --- Vince Generalao Jr. - 7.0 PRO- #7560


Ralph Fox - 7.0 PRO - #641 - 'Fox & Goosela' (near lane)
vs Vince Generalao Jr. - 7.0 PRO- #7560 (far lane) --- Dennis Allen - #7734 A/Fuel - 'Allen & Cowin'


Kevin Houmard - #736K - (near lane) vs 
Chevy Malibu (far lane) --- Wheelstanding '55 Chevy


Gary Lynch - C/G - #G747 - '53 Austin (near lane) 
vs Wayne Carroll - C/G - #7286 - '37 Chevy - 'Chevy Royale' (far lane) ---  D/G - #7053 - 'Lil' Mee-Goe'(near lane)
vs Gary Hardee - D/G - #7042 - 'Hardee Racing' (far lane)


Jerry Wold - B/G - #733W - '68 Camaro - 'Screamin' Norwegian' 
(near lane) vs Greg Peterson - B/G - #713G - '68 Camaro (far lane)


Stay tuned all weekend as there's much, MUCH, MUCH more to come.


The latest update as of May 25, 2021


Bandimere Speedway logo

We received a bonus in the email inbox this morning: a set of pics from Saturday's "Napa Auto Parts Night of Fire & Thunder" event held waaay up on the mountain at Bandimere Speedway (Morrison, CO). Besides a host of NHRA classes, a pair of Quick & Fast 16 eliminators, a pair of Jet Dragsters, the feature was eight honest-to-goodness nitro-burning AA/Fuel Altereds. It was a cold evening and the fuel altereds only got to make one pass, but there were some great runs and lots of exciting action. Check out the latest from our High Country correspondent, Dale B. Fackler.

PS: An even bigger bonus is that he sent these photos while enroute - no, not while he has driving - to Bakersfield, CA. Can you guess why? Yes, it's the 63rd annual Good Vibrations March Meet, running (hopefully!) for the first and last time in May. While spectator attendance is limited, and media credentials are virtually nonexistent, Dale is taking his long lenses up to the grandstands and we hope to see some more of his great work throughout the coming weekend and on into next week.

Then our Southwestern correspondent, BIG Bob Snyder takes over as he hits the highway for the loooong drive from Phoenix to Oskaloosa, IA for the next event on the FUNNY CAR CHAOS calendar, from Eddyville Raceway Park. But wait, there's more! He's staying in the midwest for the following week's FCC event at Kearney Raceway Park (Kearney, NE). Then we flip back to the NHRA regional event Thunder on the Mountain at Bandimere Speedway on the following week (June 18-19). Looks like we're going to be a little busy over the next month.... despite a total lack of drag racing up here in the "Great White North". One of these days... weeks... months... years?

Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven'

Leading off the AA/Fuel Altered show was the well known local Jackson family team, with Keith Jackson at the wheel of their "High Heaven". His run was somewhat off-pace, shutting off early to a 7.058 - 136.83 time, and falling to Keith Wilson's (not shown) much better 6.175 - 236.54 effort in the "Witch Doctor" Fiat


Roger 'Radar' Lechtenberg - 'Nitro Madness' --- Neil Hinman

(LEFT) Itinerant fuel driver, Roger "Radar" Lechtenberg (near lane) starts his burnout in the "Nitro Madness" Fiat, next to opponent Neil Hinman (far lane). Lechtenberg took a decisive win with a solid 6.373 - 217.21 over Hinman's trailing 8.421 - 98.48 clocking

(RIGHT) Here's a nice shot of Hinman launching hard, with the wheels up against Lechtenberg


Neil Hinman --- Neil Hinman

Here's two more shots of Hinman as he continues downtrack with the front wheels still in the air. He finally gave up the chase and brought the front end down, coasting to the finish line and an 8-second timeslip

Jim Maroney - 'Speed Sport Special' --- Johnny West - 'Plan 'A''

(LEFT) The next pair featured two veterans of the sport, with Jim Maroney (currently running NHRA Top Fuel) driving Jim Broome's "Speed Sport Special" (recreating a very famous name from the early days of fuel racing in the late 1950's), and he cranked out a very good 6.094 - 230.06 pass

(RIGHT) Running alongside him - at least for the first few hundred feet - was Johnny West, current tuner for several NHRA Big Show cars, and his Plan "A" "hobby car", but he was off the throttle early, shutting down to a 6.648 - 149.78 timeslip

Johnny West - 'Plan 'A''

Here's another view of the Plan "A" as it marches down track


Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter'

The last pair of fuel altereds saw Lyle Greenberg running a single, as opponent Sean Cash broke after the burnout. Greenberg didn't spare the horses as he pushed the "Cone Hunter" to a career best 5.833 - 240.81 to set low e.t. and top speed of the event. The numbers eclipsed his best effort of 5.84 in the Top Alcohol Funny Car that he used to run

Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' --- Lyle Greenberg - scoreboard

Another view of Greenberg heading towards the top end, and the scoreboards lighting up the best numbers of the evening


Joe Percoco - 'Bat Outta Hell' --- Shawn Fisk - Fast 16 Dragster

(LEFT) Looking for all the world like he should be in the Fuel Altered show, Joe Percoco was running his "Bat Outta Hell" blown alcohol altered in the Madcap Racing Engine Fast 16 eliminator, and he ran well in qualifying, with a 6.62 - 210.82 in Q1, and a 6.589 - 197.80 in Q2. Unfortunately, a redlight in the first round of eliminations ended his evening, despite running an even better 6.572 - 206.35 for the loss

(RIGHT) Having worse luck was Shawn Fisk in his clean looking front-engined dragster, as he broke before staging in Q1, then shut off (or broke) early in Q2 with a 7.655 - 145.38 coming up on the scoreboards. With 44 cars attempting to fit into 16 spots in the field, and an eventual bump spot of 7.013, his evening was over early.

One side note to the Fast 16 field: Besides a Funny Car Chaos regular, Tom Furches, in his "Made in America" Funny Car, there were two women competing who had very familiar names, at least to High Country fuel racing afficianados. Betsy Peek and Debbie Renck. The Peek Brothers Top Fuel team ran for many years until the early 2000's, with their biggest achievement being arunner-up finish at the 1996 NHRA U.S. Nationals with rookie driver Tony Schumacher behind the wheel. The Renck name is famous for long-time Colorado fuel racer Ed Renck, who was the Division Five Top Fuel champion several times and qualified at numerous national events.


Jet Dragsters - 'Volcano' (near lane) vs 
'Wicked Sensation' (far lane) --- Excited Spectator

(LEFT) We finish this report with the pyrotechnic portion of the event, with the Jet Dragsters "Volcano" (near lane) lighting it up against the "Wicked Sensation" (far lane)

(RIGHT) A very excited young spectator is in seventh heaven soaking in all the sights and sounds of the fast... faster... fastest cars, courtesy of her grandfather



The latest update as of May 24, 2021


A wild, wet weekend at Baytown, Texas' Houston Raceway Park finally wrapped up when the a-day-late MOPAR Express Lane SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil was completed earlier this afternoon under threatening skies and in front of a minimal audience. Thankfully, the rain held off long enough to finish eliminations and send everyone home to rest up until the next event on the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule.

With our emphasis at Northern Thunder on the Top Alcohol categories, we've posted the updated points standings both the Dragster and Funny Car categories (see below). In the meantime, we can give you some of the details on how the two categories fared at the weather affected event. With just twelve Dragsters and only seven Funny Cars in the pits, it wasn't guaranteed to be a BIG show, but what it lacked in numbers, it certainly made up for in quality.

In Top Alcohol Dragster, the first eight qualifiers - in the one and only qualifying session - were in the 5.20's, with the top half of the field anchored with newcomer Madison Payne's career best 5.256 - 260.06 pass. In case you're wondering, she is the daughter of longtime and recently retired Top Alcohol and Funny Car racer Jay Payne and Shelly Payne (nee Anderson). In case you don't remember, Shelly was a very competitive Top Fuel driver in the 1990's and the daughter of legendary parts manufacturer Brad Anderson. Quite a racing pedigree for young Madison.

Leading the qualifying list was one of the three blown alky cars, that of perennial national championship bridesmaid Shawn Cowie with a very quick 5.224 - 275.62 from his Mundie's Towing entry. He kept up the pace in the first round as he easily dispatched Karl Brounkowsku with a consistent 5.225 at a slightly early shutoff 266.53 speed. But in a portent of things to come, Cowie only had the second quickest run of the round as Rachel Meyer turned up the wick to a 5.195 at a booming 280.49 mph for low e.t. and top speed... so far.

In the second round, Cowie earned a bye run into the final (due to the odd-lot 12-car field), and stayed right in the 5.20 groove, clocking an excellent to oust another of the A/Fuel hitters, Robin Samsel. Again, it was only second quickest of the round as Ms. Meyer put down a 5.200, at an even bigger 280.95 mph to move into the semi-finals.

Cowie didn't take it easy on his semi-final bye run as he laid down another great 5.222 - 274.50 to move into the finals. However, his opponent for that round, Rachel Meyer, laid down the bomb of the event, obliterating Jasmine Salinas' good 5.266 - 260.26, with a near career best of 5.143 - 282.01 to re-set low e.t. and top speed, and take lane choice for the final.

Knowing they were going to have to go for broke to have a chance in the final, crew chief Norm Grimes dialled in a little too much of something as the car shook hard before clearing the 60' clocks. Cowie did a quick pedal job and stayed on it to the finish line, clocking a speed of 270.21, but coupled with a 5.632 e.t. In the other lane, Ms. Meyer turned on the winlight with another huge run, slightly slower at 5.150 - 279.32 to take the event win and close the gap on the national points leader Jackie Fricke in the process.


NHRA TAD National Points Standings

Over on the Top Alcohol Funny Car side of the pits, the nine pre-entered cars became only seven when qualifying started, and just five when eliminations began on Monday morning. It's becoming rather concerning with the low Funny Car entry counts on the national and regional level, and we will write about what's happening in that regard soon. Meanwhile, to the SpringNationals story for the floppers. The two cars that withdrew from the race after qualifying were the husband and wife J&A Services team from Colorado, Jim and Annie Whiteley. With business interests to tend to, and no guarantee that eliminations would even be completed on Monday, they made the decision to load up and head home on Sunday.

That resulted in three bye runs and a single pair on Monday, leaving quite a hole in the show. While the cars that remained included some of the top runners in the class, the entertainment value was somewhat limited. Qualifying saw two of the top three drivers in the national points standings matching wheels and producing a great side-by-side 5.496 - 267.22 for defending series champion Doug Gordon, and a very close 5.497 - 266.95 for serious contender Bob McCosh Jr.. Next on the list - and well back in performance - was Annie Whiteley, at 5.574, and from there, two cars were in the 5.60's, with the balance trailing far behind.

The only pairing of the first round saw former national champion (2017), Shane Westerfield break into 5.40-zone, with a best of the round 5.487 - 268.01, which temporarily set top speed of the meet. McCosh and Gordon kept pace with 5.50 and 5.51 passes, respectively on their bye runs. In the semi-finals, things tightened considerably, with Nick Januik surprising McCosh with his best run in quite a while, at 5.478 - 265.06 to take a holeshot win over McCosh's effort. In the other pairing, Doug Gordon moved into the final with low e.t. of the meet at 5.445 - 268.23 to dispatch Westerfield's good - but not good enough - 5.528 - 268.17 pass.

The favourite going into the final was points leader Gordon, but Januik gave him a serious scare, leaving first by a .034 to .062 margin, then holding the lead until well past the 1000' mark. Gordon nipped him at the finish line by only .004 for the winlight, with a 5.468 - 268.49 clipping Januik's very good 5.500 - 265.85 for the event win.

The next national event for the Top Alcohol cars is the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Norwalk, OH in late June, but there are regional events scheduled at Reading, PA, Seattle, WA, and Denver, CO in the weeks preceding that race. Stay tuned for updates to the points standings coming almost weekly over the next few months.


NHRA TAFC National Points Standings

The latest update as of May 18, 2021


We've got the photos from Saturday's eliminations at the FUNNY CAR CHAOS event at Penwell Knights Raceway in Odessa, TX. Despite threatening weather, the first two rounds and two out of the three finals were run before the rain took over and put a halt to the proceedings. The "A" field final will be run during the final qualifying session at the next event on the FCC tour, Eddyville Raceway Park.

Funny Car Chaos - Odessa - 2021 --- Scott Cousimano - 'WTF Racing'

Here's a shot of one of the non-qualifiers, as Scott "Nitro Mafia" Cousimano could only manage a "best" of 6.252 - 80.62 in qualifying. This picture pretty much sums up the trouble that the "WTF Racing" team was facing. Note the throttle position - wide OPEN - and the flames coming out under the body and through the front wheel wells. Looks like it's back to the drawing board for the Fuller & Cousimano team


Qualifying Session #3 (FINAL)


Bad Boyz - Chevy II --- Camaro SS

Before the final qualifying session began for the Funny Cars, a variety of support classes took to the track, and not all met with great success, as can be seen here. On the (LEFT) it appears that the "Bad Boyz" Chevy II had a "minor" nitrous malfunction, while on the (RIGHT), the Camaro SS has some directional control issues, as the obviously overpowered narrow slicks are not gripping the track very well


Steve Vang - 
'Wicked Weekender Racing' --- Chris Schneider - 
'Brutus' and BUB

(LEFT) It was a case of "good news, bad news" for Steve Vang as he did improve on Friday's best of 4.442, running nearly a tenth quicker and a bunch faster, at 4.358 - 161.00, but he only improved from the #15 to #14 on the ladder and stayed near the bottom of the "B" field

(RIGHT) This is something you don't see every day (thank goodness!) at the track, as a faux Roman Centurion appears to be threatening Chris Schneider to do a good burnout before his final qualifying pass


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(LEFT And it gets worse, as the "BUB" (Back-Up Bob) moves into action, directing Schneider into the best launch position

(RIGHT) With his "helper" safely removed from the starting line, Schneider moves into stage, but all the assistance he was given was no help as he failed to improve on Friday's best of 4.666 - 144.00 and fell from the #20 to #22 on the qualifying sheet


Nick Johnson - 
'Prairie Fire' --- Damon Kuhn - 
'Passin' Gas'

(LEFT It was a case of one step forward... two steps back, as Nick Johnson picked up a "nickel" from Friday's 4.596 to a slightly improved 4.543 - 152.03 in his last qualifier, but he dropped two positions, from #18 to #20, to the middle of the "C" field

(RIGHT) Maintaining his spot (#25) but managing to sneak into the bottom of the "C" field was Damon Kuhn as he got in due to Tod Barker's breakage. He did pick up quite a bit from Friday's sub-par 5.502 - 125.10 results, to a 5.177 - 132.39, but it was for naught as other racers stepped up also


Jordan Ballew - 
'Ballew Thunder' --- Mitch Bowen - 
'Northland Express'

(LEFT He didn't stand pat on his previous runs, but Jordan Ballew's improved 4.662 - 149.06 still left him in the #21 spot and in the middle of the "C" field

(RIGHT) Unable to move up as he wasn't able to better Friday's 4.244 - 165.99, the "Northland Express" dropped one spot to #12 and put Mitch Bowen in the middle of the "B" field


Daniel Butherus - 
'Rat-A-Tude' --- Lynn Logue - 
'Back in Black'

(LEFT In yet another case of step up or move backwards, Daniel Butherus stayed stuck on his previous best of 4.494 - 159.18 which moved him down to #19, and a spot near the top of the "C" field

(RIGHT) Another one of the "failed to improve" bunch was Lynn Logue in his "Back in Black" entry, as his Friday numbers of 4.932 - 146.72 saw him drop one spot to #23, near the bottom of the "C" field


Shayne Lawson - 
'Man O' War' --- Nancy Matter - 
'Guardian'

(LEFT One car/driver that did improve was the Mustang-bodied "Man O' War" of Shayne Lawson as he jumped all the way from #12 to #6 and a spot in the "A" field, courtesy of a strong 4.021 - 184.96 pass

(RIGHT) Unable to improve on her Friday best of 4.029 - 174.76, and consequently dropping two spots from #5 to #7, Nancy Matter remained in the "A" field but faced with a very tough opponent (Ken Singleton) in her first round match


Bob Alberty Jr. - 
'Thunderin' Okie' --- Doug Schneider - 
'Milliken Monster'

(LEFT Improving by nearly two tenths, from his Friday 4.440 - 158.39 to a 4.264 - 163.99, the "Thunderin' Okie" of Bob Alberty Jr. only picked up one spot to #13 for the first round of eliminations

(RIGHT) Not having the same luck, but still in a very good qualifying position, Doug Schneider's Friday best of 3.959 - 180.14 moved down to the #3 spot in the top half of the "A" field


Jody Austin - 
Red Baron' --- Andy Mears - 
'Dragon Slayer'

(LEFT The "Red Baron", driven by "reformed" AA/Fuel Altered pilot Jody Austin didn't improve on Friday's 3.985 - 178.50 clocking and dropped down one spot from #4 to #5, losing lane choice in the first round of "A" field eliminations

(RIGHT) No improvement on Friday's numbers for Andy Mears meant that the "Dragon Slayer" slipped down the charts two spots (from #18 to #20) and out of the bottom of the "B" field into the top of the "C" group


Bill Bernard - 
'Hellanor' --- Dustin Bradford - 
'American Dream'

(LEFT After a miserable Friday, with a 5.014 - 97.95 best, Bill Bernard cranked up the volume in the last session with a better 4.450 - 126.09 that showed there was a lot left in the tank, judging by the early shutoff speed

(RIGHT) Treading water and staying in the #24 spot, Dustin Bradford kept his "American Dream" alive by improving more than a quarter of a second to a 5.039 - 141.46 clocking


Pre-Race Ceremonies


United States of America and State of Texas 
flags

Spectators standing for the anthem --- Spectators standing for the anthem
Starting line standing for the anthem --- Starting line standing for the anthem

Despite skies that looked a little gloomy, the pre-race ceremonies of an invocation, the national anthem, and the sweet sound of "Fire the first pair!" rang out over the P.A. system, signalling the start of eliminations


Eliminations - Round One - "A" Field


Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' (near lane) vs 
Kirk Williams - Williams Bros. Racing' (far lane) --- Eric Eoff - 'Shazam!'

(LEFT) First out of the lanes were the #1 and #8 qualifiers in the "A" field, with Kirk Williams in the far lane putting down an excellent 3.912 - 193.05 to take out Nick Poloson's (near lane) close - but not close enough - 4.061 - 177.87 effort. Poloson left first, by three hundreths of a second, but the gap at the finish line was nearly three car lengths

(RIGHT) It wasn't scheduled to be a bye run, but when Jody Austin failed to show in the broken "Red Baron", it gave a free pass to the semi-final to Eric Eoff and he took it easy with a 17-second pass at 37 mph to save on the equipment for the next round's match against Kirk Williams


Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (near lane) vs 
Doug Schneider - 'Milliken Mosnter' (far lane) --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (near lane) vs 
Nancy Matter - 'Guardian' (far lane-)

(LEFT) The next race saw the #3 and #6 cars paired up, with a little more than five hundredths (3.95 to 4.02) separating them in qualifying. Both drivers were sharp on the tree, with Shayne Lawson (near lane) leaving first by an .043 to .047 margin, but he ran into trouble downtrack and shut off to a losing 4.636 - 123.97. Taking the win in the far lane with a much better 3.995 - 177.44 time was Colorado's Doug Schneider in his NHRA Top Alcohol flopper

(RIGHT) Finishing out the first round was defending FCC series champion, Ken Singleton, (near lane) as he took a close decision based on elapsed times over Nancy Matter in the far lane. The big winning margin at the finish line for Singleton came largely from a huge reaction time advantage, as he cut a decent .097 light against Matter's rather sleepy .201 launch. The timeslip difference was much less, as Singleton's 3.960 - 190.52 covered Matter's 4.016 - 184.20, but it was all about the reaction times in this race


Eliminations - Round One - "B" Field


With a spread of four tenths of a second (4.062 - 4.467) between the eight cars in the "B" field, the "index" was set at 3.862, two tenth of a second less than the top qualifer's e.t. The intent of the index is to minimize the possibility of someone "sandbagging" in qualifying, then blowing everyone out of the water with much quicker runs during eliminations. One small caveat: the index is abandoned for the final round. It's all-out for the win then.


Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie' (near lane) 
vs Mitch Bowen - 'Northland Express' (far lane) --- Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (near lane) 
vs Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' (far lane)

(LEFT) Leading off the "B" field were the #4 and #5 qualifiers, with Bob Alberty Jr. (near lane) overcoming a tardy reaction time (.223) to overcome Mitch Bowen's (far lane) much quicker leave (.084). The e.t.'s and speeds were all in Alberty's favour, as his 4.332 - 162.10 easily covered Bowen's slowing 5.129 - 107.07 clocking

(RIGHT) Next up were the #3 and #6 qualifiers, separated in qualifying by nearly two tenths, with Jeff Cameron (far lane) holding the performance advantage over Steve Vang (near lane). Vang led Cameron off the starting line (.087 to .121), but the scoreboards told a different tale as Cameron's 4.437 - 157.84 gave him the victory over Vang's 4.571 - 121.56. The margin at the stripe was a tenth of a second; just two car lengths


Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' (near lane) vs 
Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour' (far lane) --- Bill Bernard - 'Hellanor' (near lane) vs 
Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane)

(LEFT) With the withdrawal of Tod Barker from the field due to breakage, surprising newcomer Jade Cook (near lane) moved up to the #8 position in the "B" field and found herself matched up with top qualifier Tim Boychuk. Running a carbureted nitrous assisted big-block Chevy, against the blown fuel Hemi of Boychuk, she left first by two hundredths (.099 to .119), then played "Jill the Giant Killer" by outrunning her heavily favoured opponent, 4.441 - 154.53 to the close, but losing, 4.512 - 163.34 effort of Boychuk. The gap at the finish line was roughly two car lengths

(RIGHT) Finishing out the opening round were the #2 and #7 cars, with Tom Furches (far lane) holding a nearly three tenths advantage in qualifying over Bill Bernard (near lane). But when it counted, Bernard turned on the (NHRA Top Alcohol) "big show" power and ran away from Furches, taking nearly a full tenth of a second lead on the launch (.037 to .128) and lengthening it all the way down track to take a decisive 4.016 - 169.17 win over Furches' losing 4.248 - 170.58 effort


Eliminations - Round One - "C" Field


Jordan Ballew - 'Blue Thunder' --- Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas' (near lane) vs 
Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' (far lane)

(LEFT) Leading off the "C" field eliminations was Jordan Ballew on a bye run, as scheduled opponent Chris Schneider was unable to show, allowing Ballew an (almost) automatic advancement to the semifinals, and he took it easy, with a leisurely leave (.259 r.t.) and turned on the winlight with a 4.707 - 148.32 clocking

(RIGHT) The first pair of the round were the #1 and #8 cars, with a nearly seven tenths gap between them in qualifying, and that margin held in this race, as Andy Mears (far lane) laid down a solid 4.469 - 151.31 to leave Damon Kuhn (near lane) far behind as he could only muster a 5.404 - 108.10 time. Making the race look even more one-sided was the (.012 to .408) reaction time advantage for Mears


Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' (near lane) vs 
Lynn Logue - 'Back in Black' (far lane) --- Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream' (near lane) 
vs Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (far lane)

(LEFT) With nearly half a second advantage in qualifying times, Nick Johnson (near lane) didn't have to push the tree, but he nearly went too far, clocking a nearly unbelievable .0009 reaction time to open up a sizeable lead instantly over Lynn Logue's (far lane) much slower .191 launch. Johnson stopped the clocks with a 4.562 - 151.31 to trainlength Logue's 4.868 - 146.34 numbers

(RIGHT) Closing out the first round of eliminations, the #2 and #7 qualifiers met, with Daniel Butherus (far lane) leaving second (.127 to .061), but finishing first over Dustin Bradford (near lane), taking the winlight with a 4.636 - 145.96 to handle the much slower 5.031 - 142.63 pass of the "American Dream" 'Cuda


Domino's Delivery

Before the final rounds started, someone at the far end of the track phoned in a RUSH order for a pizza, and the local Domino's franchise was only too happy to oblige, with their promised rapid delivery. With the 1/8-mile racing distance, it looked like their motto was "FIVE seconds... or less... or it's on us!"


Eliminations - Round Two - "A" Field


Doug Schneider - 'Milliken Monster' (near lane) 
vs Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (far lane) --- Eric Eoff - 'Shazam!' (near lane) vs 
Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' (far lane)

(LEFT) Getting down to the serious business of the semi-finals, Doug Schneider (near lane) took on Ken Singleton (far lane) and together they put on the best side-by-side match of the evening, leaving almost together (.035 to .038 r.t.'s, favouring Schneider). It was a different story at the finish line as Singleton took the winlight with a best of eliminations 3.904 - 192.97 that just nipped Schneider's 3.986 - 185.57. The true win margin was little more than a car length

(RIGHT) The other half of the semis featured Eric Eoff (near lane) and Kirk Williams (far lane), and it was the NHRA Top Alcohol car taking the win to advance to his first Funny Car Chaos final round. From the picture it's obvious that Williams opened a considerable margin over Eoff right off the starting line, as "Shazam!" was in trouble very quickly and slowed to a 11.064 - 50.77 losing pass, initiated with a slow reaction time (.167). Williams really turned up the wick with a new low e.t. and top speed of the meet at 3.877 - 196.42 to earn lane choice for the final


Eliminations - Round Two - "B" Field


Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' (near lane) 
vs Bill Bernard - 'Hellanor' (far lane) --- Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' (near lane) vs 
Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie' (far lane)

(LEFT) Earning the first berth in the "B" final was Jeff Cameron (near lane) as he took care of opponent Bill Bernard (far lane), despite Bernard's very quick 3.937 - 174.49 pass. Bernard left first by a margin of .080 to .181, but threw it all away when he took out the finish line timing cone, disqualifying him and preventing Cameron from receiving an e.t. or speed

(RIGHT) The other racer to advance to the finals was the hard running newcomer Jade Cook (near lane) as she dispatched the "Thunderin' Okie" of Bob Alberty Jr. to move into her second final in a row, and put herself into the top ten in the points standings. She left first with a great reaction of .033, to Alberty's .053, then outran him to the stripe 4.428 - 155.82 to the losing 4.803 - 151.98 for Alberty


Eliminations - Round Two - "C" Field


Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire (near lane) 
vs Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (far lane) --- Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' (near lane) 
vs Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' (far lane)

(LEFT) Moving down to the "C" field, we can see Nick Johnson (near lane) opening up a sizeable lead right off the starting line, but he left a redlight on the tree, wasting a decent 4.634 - 152.08 pass with a -.189 reaction time. Opponent Daniel Butherus (far lane) took the win with a 4.587 - 155.71 pass and advanced to the final for the second consecutive event

(RIGHT) Taking the other spot in the "C" final was Jordan Ballew (near lane) as he took out the "Dragon Slayer" of Andy Mears for the win on a holeshot. Ballew's .043 to .095 reaction time advantage made his 4.516 - 155.01 turn on the winlight over the very close 4.471 - 158.23 of Mears, for the closest decision of eliminations, with just .005 separating them as they crossed the finish line


Eliminations - Final Rounds


Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' (near lane) 
vs Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (far lane) --- Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' (near lane) 
vs Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' (far lane)

(LEFT) With the threatening skies putting a few raindrops on the track, it was a battle between Mother Nature and the track crew to keep things running, but they were able to prevail for the first two ("C" and "B") final rounds. Taking the first winlight was Jordan Ballew (near lane) as he lit up the scoreboards, defeating opponent Daniel Butherus to take home the points, the bucks and the trophy. Both drivers redlighted, but "first or worst" prevailed, and Butherus's -.079 reaction was worse than Ballew's -.006 leave. Ballew kept his foot in it to clock a 4.609 - 154.16 pass, while Butherus coasted through at 6.433 - 71.60

(RIGHT) What turned out to be the last race of the event was the "B" final, as Jade Cook (far lane) took her first Funny Car Chaos event win over Jeff Cameron (near lane) and showed how far she has come in just a few months. The numbers indicate that both drivers were unable to hook up on the slick track, but Cook's 6.606 - 67.76 prevailed over Cameron's 7.609 - 67.58 pass. And as she did all night, she left first by a .071 to .167 margin


Starting Line conference --- Wet Track - show's over

(LEFT) After dodging the rain drops for the first two final rounds, the track crew just couldn't keep up with the precipitation, and following a conference on the starting line between series promoter Chris Graves, and the crews of the "High Risk" (Ken Singleton) and "Williams Bros. Racing" (Kirk Williams), it was agreed to postpone the "A" field final until the next event at Eddyville Raceway Park (June 4-5th)

(RIGHT) Never one to give up easily, especially after a 700+ mile drive to the track, BIG Bob Snyder hung around under the protective covering of the timing tower until the official decision to call the event came down



The latest update as of May 17, 2021


While we're waiting for the Saturday photos from the FUNNY CAR CHAOS event at Penwell Knights Raceway, we've got the latest updated points standings for NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car. They include the results from the South Central Regional at the Texas Motorplex and the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals from Charlotte's Z-Max Dragway. For a larger, and easier to read, view of the standings, just click on the graphics.

NOTE: Points in red are those waived by the racers, and the entry list for this coming weekend's MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals (Houston, TX) is as of 9:00 AM PST. The entry deadline for the event is later today but it looks like short fields in each of the alcohol categories, with just ten Funny Cars and twelve Dragsters.


NHRA TAD National Points Standings


NHRA TAFC National Points Standings

While we're posting points standings, here's the latest numbers from the FUNNY CAR CHAOS crew, with the Top Twenty drivers listed. While there are eight races on the schedule, the FCC uses a "drop" race for the final points calculation, which means the lowest points earning event for each racer is dropped from their final total. If a racer doesn't attend one (or more) races on the calendar, that counts as their drop(ped) event. These results are provided with the kind courtesy of Funny Car Chaos


Funny Car Chaos Points Standings

The latest update as of May 16, 2021


Funny Car Chaos - Odessa - 2021

The FUNNY CAR CHAOS season continues with the third (of eight) events, this time at Penwell Knights Raceway at the Caprock Motorplex in Odessa, TX. With 28 cars on the pre-entry list, the three field format - which looks like it could be a semi-permanent fixture at these races - was in place. We've got the first set of photos from our "road warrior" BIG Bob Snyder, taken during the first qualifying session on Friday evening. We'll try to get the second session shots up later this evening, and hopefully the pictures and all the details from Saturday's final qualifier and eliminations on Monday.. or Tuesday. It all depends on how long it takes Bob to get home, get some sleep, and download the cache in his camera. Stay tuned!


Friday - Qualifying Session #1


Standing for the Star Spangled Banner

Before it got loud and fast, everyone stood for the playing of the "Star Spangled Banner"


Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'

(LEFT) The first qualifying session got underway on Friday evening with Jordan Ballew sporting a new Camaro body on his well-known "Ballew Thunder" entry. His best effort of the evening was a decent 4.750 - 144.97, placing him in the #21 position on the qualifying list

(RIGHT Burning out to start his weekend, Nick Johnson in the Reinart & Johnson "Prairie Fire" entry saw a 4.596 - 149.20 come up on the scoreboards that was only good enough for the #18 spot on the qualifying list


Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' --- Jade Cook - 'Nemesis'

(LEFT) The old-school "Brutus" Mustang of Troxel & Schneider, driven by Chris Schneider rang up a slightly slower 4.666 - 144.00 to slot into the #20 spot on the list

(RIGHT) Quickly climbing up the charts, rookie Jade Cook made her opening statement in the "Nemesis with a solid 4.617 - 147.30 pass that put her solidly (#19) into the "C" field


Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas' --- Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour'

(LEFT) Despite a solid launch, Damon Kuhn's unique looking "Passin' Gas" faded later in the run, posting only a Friday best of 5.502 - 125.10, leaving him on the outside of the three fields, sitting in the #25 spot going into Saturday afternoon's final qualifying session

(RIGHT) The Canadian invader, Tim Boychuk, in his party-themed "Happy Hour" Camaro, laid down the best numbers of the early runners, landing on the #9 rung on the ladder with a solid 4.175 - 149.90. He launched hard, with the Goodyears showing some serious wrinkles, and lots of clutch dust, but it appeared from the speed that he was off the throttle a little early


Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' --- Ken Poloson - 'Bucket List'

(LEFT) We're still getting used to the 2021 look of Steve Vang's new body, and the ever-changing car name which is currently "Wicked Weekender Racing". He ran a little slower than normal, only slotting in near the bottom of the provisional "B" field with a 4.442 - 134.90 effort

(RIGHT) One of the "hitters" in the FCC series was out next, as Nick Poloson in the colourful Doak & Poloson "Bucket List" car nearly hit the 3-second zone, with a 4.054 - 179.93, good for the lucky #7 spot in the "A" field


Tom Furches - 'Made in America' --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing'

(LEFT) It hasn't taken long for series newcomer Tom Furches to make his mark in the Funny Car Chaos wars, as he came into this event as the points leader in his "Made in America" and put down a 4.162 - 171.62, slotting him into the #8 position overall

(RIGHT) Taking time off from the NHRA Top Alcohol grind (he last ran a national event in 2019), Kirk Williams drove the "Williams Bros. Racing" entry to the top of the ladder, taking the #1 position with a very strong 3.894 - 195.65 to take low e.t. and top speed of the first day of qualifying


Eric Eoff - 'Shazam' --- Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer'

(LEFT) Surprising more than few folks with a run almost equal to Kirk Williams, the nitro burning "Shazam!" Corvette of Eric Eoff went all the way to the #3 spot and a guaranteed position in the "A" field with an excellent 3.964 - 183.80 pass

(RIGHT) The always popular '57 Chevy "Dragon Slayer" of Andy Mears put up a respectable 4.490 - 155.12, good enough for #16 on the list


Nancy Matter - 'Guardian' --- Jody Austin - 'Red Baron'

(LEFT) Looking like a series regular, appearing in the last five FCC events (last season and this year), Nancy Matter in the Dale Pulde-tuned "Guardian", was way up the ladder in the #5 position at the end of Friday, with a 4.029 - 174.76 best, placing her in the middle of the "A" field

(RIGHT) Switching from an open-bodied fuel altered to the enclosed body of a flopper, the "Bushwhacker" AA/FA driver, Jody Austin piloted the Gordon & Austin "Red Baron" into the 3-second zone, with a 3.985 - 178.50, good for the #4 position on the qualifying sheet


Doug Schneider - 'Milliken Monster' --- Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie'

(LEFT) From out of the high country of Colorado, Doug Schneider brought down his "Milliken Monster" and landed near the top of the heap, with a great 3.959 - 180.14 pass that trailed only the low qualifying effort of Kirk Williams

(RIGHT) In one of the most colourful cars on the circuit, second generation funny car driver, Bob Alberty Jr. pushed his "Thunderin' Okie" to a decent 4.440 - 158.39 to place him solidly into the "B" field in the #14 position


Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream' --- Scott Cousimano - 'WTF Racing'

(LEFT) As the first qualifying session drew to a close, Dustin Bradford brought his bright white "American Dream" 'Cuda to the starting line and made an on-and-off-and-on pass that clocked in at 5.322 - 140.58, leaving him at the bottom of the "C" field in the #24 spot on the overall list

(RIGHT) Closing out the round with an easy checkout pass was California's Scott Cousimano in the Texas-based Fuller & Cousimano "WTF Racing" entry. He finally stopped the clocks at 6.252 - 80.62 to sit in the #27 position, leading only Randy Mueller who failed to record a time or speed


Friday - Qualifying Session #2


 John Robinson - Diesel Dragster (near lane) vs 
Ray Kelley - 'Game Xchange' Jet Dragster (far lane) --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' (near lane) vs 
Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream' (far lane)

(LEFT) The second qualifying session opened up under the lights, with the booked-in match race between the John Robinson Turbo Diesel Dragster (near lane) against the Ray Kelley Jet Dragster, sponsored by "Game XChange", as they put on quite a show of pyrotechnics and power

(RIGHT) Leading off the competition part of the evening was the ever-popular Troxel & Schneider "Brutus" entry, driven by Chris Schneider, and he stayed with his earlier best of 4.466 - 144.00 in the #20 spot on the list and a place in the "C" field


Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' --- Jade Cook - 'Nemesis'

(LEFT) Coming out for his second hit of the day, Nick Poloson finished the day in the #6 qualifying position, courtesy of a 4.054 - 179.93 effort

(RIGHT) Gaining experience and improving performance with nearly every pass, Jade Cook made her presence felt with a solid 4.617 - 147.30 that put her near the top of the "C" field in the #19 position


Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour' (near lane) vs 
Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' (far lane) --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' (near lane) 
vs Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (far lane)

(LEFT) Looking to move up the ladder, Tim Boychuk (near lane) took on Andy Mears in a battle of Chevy-bodied machines, with Boychuk coming out on top for the day with a 4.175 - 149.90, while Mears trailed on the qualifying sheet with a best for the day of 4.490 - 155.12. They both ended up in the provisional "B" field with Boychuk sitting #9, while Mears languished in the #16 spot

(RIGHT) Battling for the top spot, Kirk Williams (near lane), held onto the #1 spot with a 3.894 - 195.65, while Steve Vang (far lane), sat down near the bottom of the "B" field in #15 with a 4.442 - 132.90 pass


Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' --- Tom Furches - 'Made in America'

(LEFT) Finishing the first day of qualifying in the #10 spot (near the top of the "B" field), Jeff Cameron in the "Jake's Speed Shop" car put down a very good 4.244 - 165.99 lap

(RIGHT) Hanging on to the last rung in the provisional "A" field, Tom Furches clocked in at 4.162 - 171.62 in the patriotically hued "Made in America" car


Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (near lane) 
vs Doug Schneider - 'Milliken Monster' (far lane) --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(LEFT) It's difficult to see Doug Schneider in the far lane, but he was there and happy to be all the way up the ladder in the #2 slot, courtesy of a 3.959 - 180.14, while in the near lane, Daniel Butherus could only coax a 4.494 - 159.18 out of the Chevy-powered "Rat-A-Tude". That left him in the #17 spot, just outside the "B" field

(RIGHT) Taking his shot at the top of the heap, and falling short (#8 spot), was heavy hitter Ken Singleton in the very familiar "High Risk" car. His best of the day was "only" a 4.078 - 181.60, but he still had one more chance on Saturday afternoon to improve his placing in the show


Bill Bernard - 'Hellanor' --- Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie'

(LEFT) Not having a very good day at all, Bill Bernard ended up well down the list in the lowly #23 position, with a "best" of just 5.014 - 97.95 and at risk of not even qualifying for the "C" field. He had one more shot on Saturday to get down the track though.

(RIGHT) Always contending for the best appearing award, Bob Alberty Jr.'s southwestern muralled "Thunderin' Okie" finished Friday near the bottom of the "B" field with a 4.440 - 158.39 for the #14 spot on the ladder


Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' --- Jody Austin - 'Red Baron'

(LEFT) Not quite making it all the way to the finish line under power, evidenced by his 4.279 - 157.45 timeslip, Shayne Lawson in the former Paul Romine-owned "Man O' War" Mustang, ended the day in the #12 spot in the middle of the "B" field

(RIGHT) The evening qualifying session came to a close with another pass by the "Red Baron" as new driver Jody Austin muscled it into the 3-second zone with a best of the day 3.985 - 178.50 for the #4 rung on the ladder



The latest update as of May 2, 2021


The NHRA put on their third national event of the 2021 season over the weekend, succesfully closing out the 40-year history of the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at soon to be demolished Atlanta Dragway. While there were less than full fields in a number of categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car), the stands were packed for the final time and a great race featured some very close competition.

With our focus on Top Alcohol, over the mainstream fan favourites of the PRO categories, we've got the latest points standings in the chase for the 2021 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national championships in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car. They are presented below. Racers are allowed to attend 10 national and 5 regional events, and claim points at 7 national and 3 regional events before their points earning ends. Once racers have reached those maximums, the standings will reflect which events they have waived points for.

These are the latest updated standings, courtesy of NHRA. The next two events for the alky cars occur on the same weekend (May 14-16) with a Central Regional at the Texas Motorplex, and the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway (Charlotte, NC). The following week sees them racing at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park. Then the season continues with either a regional or national event - or both - almost every week until mid-October.


TAD National Points Standings


TAFC National Points Standings

The latest update as of April 27, 2021


Funny Car Chaos - Amarillo - 2021

After a tough day of qualifying for the FUNNY CAR CHAOS crew on the little used Amarillo Dragway, conditions improved slightly for Saturday afternoon's third (final) qualifying session. With the hot sun beating down on the old asphalt, no one expected any really quick e.t.'s, but a number of racers did step up and improve their positions heading into the evening elimination rounds.


QUALIFYING - Session #3 - Final


Keith Jackson -'High Heaven' --- Jade Cook - 'Nemesis'

(LEFT) First out of the lanes was the beautiful multi-coloured "High Heaven" Camaro of the Jackson family, driven by Keith Jackson. They didn't improve on Friday's best of 5.294 - 101.65, and dropped out of the "B" field, falling from #15 to #21 on the final list

(RIGHT) Making a big move upwards, Jade Cook pushed her gasoline burning, nitrous boosted "Nemesis" to a 4.757 - 144.33 to advance from the middle of the "C" field (#21) into the "B" field in the #14 position


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --- Bill Bernard - 'Hellanor'

(LEFT) Another one who made a big step up was Chuck Loftin in his nitro hemi powered "Motivation" Mustang. After a Friday best of 5.235 - 104.54, Chuck moved up four spots to near the top of the "B" field, with a solid 4.550 - 134.01 pass

(RIGHT) Coming all the way up the ladder from the "lucky" #13 position to the very top of the heap, Colorado's Bill Bernard whipped the "Hellanor" to a much improved (from 5.032 - 110.69) to low e.t. and top speed marks of 4.084 - 177.67 and the #1 position in the "A" field


Jake Sanders (left) Lyle Greenberg (right) --- Jeff Diehl (left) Don Knoblauch (right)

(LEFT) Before they ran, some of the racers checked out the starting line, with "hired gun" Jake 'The Snake' Sanders (left) giving his advice to New Mexico's Lyle 'Cone Hunter' Greenberg (right)

(RIGHT) With no NHRA national events on the immediate horizon, Jeff 'The Surfer' Diehl (left) came out from California to give Washington state's Don 'Atomic Punk' Knoblauch ideas on how to handle the traction issues


Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour'

(LEFT) Despite a solid launch, Nick Johnson wasn't able to improve on his previous 4.659 - 148.65 in the "Prairie Fire" and dropped out of the "A" field, from #8 to #11, landing in the middle of the "B" field

(RIGHT) Even though he picked up more than a half second in e.t., Tim Boychuk only climbnd two rungs on the ladder, moving up from #18 to #16, leaving him at the bottom of the "B" field with a 4.659 - 148.65 clocking


Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre' --- Mitch Bowen - 'Northland Express'

(LEFT) Showing that there's still room in FCC for an old-school, short wheelbase Vega, Mike Buchanan pushed the "Hombre" to an improved 5.050 - 141.14 pass (over Friday's 5.346 - 104.46, but fell three spots from #16 to #19, and a spot in the middle of the "C" field

(RIGHT) After a solid previous day's showing that left him #3 on the list and solidly in the "A" field with his 4.405 - 160.50, the "Northland Express" of Mitch Bowen couldn't improve and dropped down to #6 on the final qualifying chart


Jeff Cameron - 'Jakes' Speed Shop' --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing'

(LEFT) Not content to sit on Friday's 4.588 - 139.33 (good for #7), Jeff Cameron coaxed a better pass out of the "Jake's Speed Shop" car, but his 4.457 - 151.45 didn't move him up the charts and he stayed in the #7 spot

(RIGHT) The biggest improver on the property was the Kirk Williams driven "Williams Bros. Racing" entry, as he went from the very bottom of the list, in the #29 spot at 11.435 - 47.29, all the way up to the middle of the "A" field - and lane choice in the first round of eliminations - with a very good 4.281 - 163.94 pass


Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(LEFT) Cutting nearly a full second off his Friday numbers (5.627 - 99.27), Bob Alberty Jr. jumped up from #19 to #13 (and advanced from the "C" to the "B" field) with a much better 4.732 - 151.61 out of the "Thunderin' Okie" entry

(RIGHT) Considering all the success he's had over the past few years at FUNNY CAR CHAOS events, it was surprising to see that Ken Singleton wasn't able to improve his performance or position with the "High Risk" car. He even dropped a spot from Friday's #2 to #3 on the final list, with his Friday run of 4.173 - 142.34 standing as his best going into eliminations


Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter'

(LEFT) Another case of one step forward - and two steps back - as Shayne Lawson improved from Friday's 4.560 - 120.51 to a last session 4.465 - 145.68, but saw the "Man O' War" drop from #6 to #8 on the final list and a first round pairing with the low qualifier in the "A" field

(RIGHT) Saving his best effort for last, Lyle Greenberg got down the track in an improved fashion from Friday's dismal 7.448 - 107.43 timeslip to a much better 5.699 - 112.91 in the final session. That's where the good news stopped for the "Cone Hunter" as she only moved up one spot from #25 to #24 and a spot near the bottom of the "C" field


Terry Thompson - No Time Chevy II


PRE-RACE CEREMONIES and FLYPAST


National anthem on the starting line --- National anthem in the grandstand

Before things got down to business, the Star Spangled Banner brought everyone to their feet, on the track and in the stands

Amarillo Dragway tower --- Vintage USAF flypast

While the announcer held court in front of the tower, a group of vintage USAF warplanes and aerobatic planes did an impressive flypast

Vintage USAF flypast --- Vintage USAF flypast

Vintage USAF flypast

Here's three more images of the vintage warplane flypast during the national anthem. Great shots on a very clear day.

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I'm going out on a limb here, but I think these last two flypast photos are of a Tiger Moth bi-plane, a favourite of cropdusters and aerobatic flyers. Corrections are cordially invited

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More areobatics as the show continues in the sky. On the left we see a pair of vintage bi-planes, while on the right, a more modern version of the bi-plane with an enclosed two-seater cockpit


ELIMINATIONS - Round One - "A" Field


With the pre-race festivities out of the way, it was time to get down to business, as the first pair of cars rolled out of the staging lanes and fired up to start eliminations. Leading the way were the "A" field.

Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing --- Steve Vang - 'Weekend Warrior'

On the left, we've got Kirk Williams lighting up the tires on the burnout, while Steve Vang slows to a stop after his tire heater on the right


Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' 
(near lane) vs Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (far lane) --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' (left) vs Steve Vang - 'Weekend Warrior' (right)

Kicking off the first round of eliminations, the #4 and #5 cars in the "A" field faced off. Burning out first was Kirk Williams in the "Williams Bros. Racing" entry. When the light turned green, his opponent, Steve Vang in the "Weekend Warrior" launched first (.069 to .083) but couldn't hold off Williams' 4.487 - 168.22 as his 4.610 - 135.55 fell a couple of car lengths short at the finish line


Bill Bernard - 'Hellanor' --- Bill Bernard - 'Hellanor'

Getting a free pass when scheduled opponent Shayne Lawson sat in the pits with breakage, Bill Bernard laid down some serious power with a very good 4.114 - 176.35 on the competition bye


Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' --- Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List'
Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' --- Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List'

Here's a quartet of Nick Poloson in the "Bucket List", burning out, then launching hard enroute to the win over the no-show (broken) Jeff Cameron. Just past the finish line, it looks like Poloson got into some trouble as he bounced across the centerline when he left the prepped and sticky area of the track surface, but it didn't disqualify his 4.133 - 176.95 pass


Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- Mitch Bowen - 'Northland Express'

Slowing after his burnout, Ken Singleton in the very familiar "High Risk" car (left), got set to face Mitch Bowen in the "Northland Express"


Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (near lane) 
vs Mitch Bowen - 'Northland Express' (far lane) --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (left) vs Mitch Bowen - 'Northland Express' (right)

Coming off the line almost together, with an .058 to .078 r.t. advantage to Ken Singleton (left), the win went to the "High Risk" car as Singleton's 3.936 - 191.76 (new low e.t. and top speed of the meet clockings), turned on the winlight over Mitch Bowen's (right) game effort of 4.279 - 165.32


ELIMINATIONS - Round One - "B" Field


Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Jade Cook - 'Nemesis'

Burnout time with Nick Johnson on the left, and Jade Cook on the right

Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' (near lane) vs 
Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' (far lane) --- Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' (left) vs Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'

If you just looked at the e.t.'s it appeared to be a close race - on paper - but Jade Cook in her "Nemesis" entry (left) gained a HUGE advantage right at the starting line as she left a sleeping Nick Johnson in the "Prairie Fire" (right), by a .067 to .333 margin, making her 4.682 - 145.20 pass much better than needed to hold off Johnson's way-too-late 4.686 - 146.65 losing effort


Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down a Dream' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' (near lane) 
vs Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down a Dream' (far lane)

(LEFT) Stopping at the end of his burnout is Matt Nissen in the "Runnin' Down A Dream" car

(RIGHT) Staged up and ready to launch are Chuck Loftin in the "Motivation" Mustang (near lane) and Matt Nissen's "Runnin' Down a Dream" in the far lane


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' (near lane) vs Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down a Dream' (far lane) --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation

(LEFT) Launching first (.044 to .196) in the blown alky car, Matt Nissen (right side) took an immediate lead over Chuck Loftin (left side), but the bigger horsepower of the blown fuel entry took the winlight, by a 4.535 - 162.37 to 4.724 - 149.01 decision. The gap at the stripe was barely a car length in what turned into a very close race


Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' --- Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie'


Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (near lane) 
vs Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie' (far lane) --- Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (near lane) vs Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie' (far lane)


Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' --- Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour'


Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour' (near lane) 
vs Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' (far lane) --- Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour'


Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour'


ELIMINATIONS - Round One - "C" Field


Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' --- Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre'
Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' (near lane) 
vs Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre' (far lane) --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' (left) vs Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre' (right)


Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' --- Don Knoblauch - 'Atomic Punk'


Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' (near lane) 
vs Don Knoblauch - 'Atomic Punk' (far lane)


Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' (near lane) vs Don Knoblauch - 'Atomic Punk' (far lane) --- Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' (near lane) vs Don Knoblauch - 'Atomic Punk' (far lane)


Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' --- Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy'


Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' (near lane) 
vs Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy' (far lane)

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Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream' (near lane) 
vs Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane) ---


Charles Ware - 'Juggling Rubies' --- John Robinson - Turbo Diesel Dragster (near 
lane) vs Ray Kelley - 'Game XChange' Jet Dragster (far lane)
Starting line at Sundown


ELIMINATIONS - Round Two - "A" Field


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--- Bill Bernard - 'Hellanor' (near lane) 
vs Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' (far lane)


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--- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (near lane) 
vs Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' (far lane)


ELIMINATIONS - Round Two - "B" Field


--- --- Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour' (near lane) 
vs Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (far lane)


--- --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' (near lane) 
vs Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' (far lane)


ELIMINATIONS - Round Two - "C" Field


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--- Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy' (near lane) 
vs Don Knoblauch - 'Atomic Punk' (far lane)


--- Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (near lane) 
vs Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre' (far lane)


The latest update as of April 25, 2021


Funny Car Chaos - Amarillo - 2021

The second event on the 2021 FUNNY CAR CHAOS calendar went off under the lights at Amarillo Dragway last night...


--- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (near lane) 
vs Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' (far lane)

Winner of the "A" field was defending series champion Ken Singleton in his all-conquering "High Risk" car. Runner-up was Kirk Williams in the "Williams Bros. Racing" entry.


Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' (near 
lane) vs Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' (far lane) ---

In the "B" field, Daniel Butherus and his "Rat-A-Tude" took the big prize, while series newcomer Jade Cook garnered the runner-up spot in her "Nemesis" entry.


--- Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy' (near 
lane) vs Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane)

---

And finally, the "C" field trophy went to Tom Furches and his "Made in America" team. Runner-up was Clay Cunningham in his "Still Crazy" car.


The latest update as of April 24, 2021


Funny Car Chaos - Amarillo - 2021

After a very successful - and that's putting it mildly - season opener at the Texas Motorplex, the FUNNY CAR CHAOS crews moved on to Amarillo Dragway for their second event of the 2021 season. With 37 cars on the pre-entry list (down a bunch from the world-record breaking 67 cars on the list at the 'Plex) it was still a very strong turnout, portending strong support for the FCC from the racers. Adding a third ("C") field to this race helped keep up the interest level among the racers and may lead to it becoming a fixture at future events. Here is the full report from the first day, Friday, with photos and results from both qualifying sessions.


Amarillo Dragway sign --- Amarillo Dragway 'A' board

After so many years in mothballs, it was very cool to see the original Amarillo Dragway sign (left) on display before qualifying, then we fast forward to 2021 and see the current "A" board (right)


Scott Pareso and crew firing up --- Ray Stringer and crew firing up

A couple of pre-race pit shots are next, with Scott Pareso and the "Altered Reality" crew preparing to fire up the car before the first session, and Ray Stringer and the "Blown Cent-Less" crew spinning it over for the warm-up


FRIDAY - First Qualifying Session


After two days of inclement weather, ranging from hail and rain, to wind and sun, conditions calmed down enough for the first qualifying session at the second FUNNY CAR CHAOS event of the season at venerable Amarillo Dragway. The starting line was tacky but most of the cars lost traction at some point enroute to the finish line. And it wasn't the "Big Show" cars that invaded the Texas Motorplex last month having trouble, as none were present in Amarillo, but everyone from low-buck Chevy operations, to serious blown fuel combos that were struggling to post good numbers. We don't have the first qualifying session results, but numbers quoted in our report are the best recorded for each car after two sessions.


Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' --- Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream'

Two of the series regulars, Daniel Butherus (left) in his Chevy-powered "Rat-A-Tude" and Dustin Bradford in the "American Dream" (right) tried their luck and came up with varying results. Butherus ended up #9 on the qualifying list with a decent 4.672 - 152.09 clocking, while Bradford had obvious problems in his first attempt when the 'chute popped out on the launch. He kept it in to the finish line in the evening session and put down a 5.426 - 137.83 for the #17 spot on the list


Don Knoblauch - 'Atomic Punk' --- Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour'

Two long distance travellers came out next, with Don Knoblauch making the long tow down from Sumner, WA to run his "Atomic Punk" Camaro,(left) but not finding results to his liking as his best pass of the day was only 7.011 - 72.42, landing him in the #23 slot. Coming from even farther afield, Edmonton, AB, Canada's Tim Boychuk brought his popular "Happy Hour" entry out for the first time in 18 months, and slipped and slid to a 5.459 - 125.57 for the #18 position


Mitch Bowen - 'Northland Express' --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing'

Coming out strong in his "Northland Express", Flagstaff, Arizona's Mitch Bowen (left) surprised quite a few people with a strong #3 qualifying pass of 4.405 - 160.50 pass. On the other hand, Kirk Williams in the "Williams Bros. Racing" entry, didn't get very far before shutting off to a last on the list 11.435 - 47.29, only "good" for the #29 spot on the list


Ray Stringer - 'Blown Cent-Less' --- Ray Stringer - 'Blown Cent-Less'

It looks like a full-on burnout on the left and the start of a second one on the right, but Ray Stringer in the "Blown Cent-Less" entry had major grip issues on his launch, and could only manage a best of 7.525 - 116.55 to end the day far down the ladder in the #26 position


Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' --- Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre'

Coming out with a new body and new look this year was Steve Vang, as the "Wicked Weekender" (left) managed to put himself solidly into the "A" field (at least provisionally) with a 4th best 4.478 - 148.40 pass. The only Chevy Vega in the field, the "Hombre" driven by Mike Buchanan (right) was well down the list, clocking in at 5.346 - 104.46 for the #16 spot


Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven'

A newcomer to the circuit this year, Jade Cook in the "Nemesis" (left), didn't get too far under power, with a timeslip reading 6.060 - 78.57, only good enough for the #21 position. Faring a little better was the beautiful high country Camaro of Colorado's Keith Jackson (right), as the "High Heaven" kept the throttle open long enough to land in the #15 spot with a 5.294 - 101.65 pass


Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie' --- Scott Pareso - 'Altered Reality' (near 
lane) vs Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie' (far lane)


Bill Bernard - 'Hellanor' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'


Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'


Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' --- Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop'


Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' 
(near lane) vs Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane)


Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (near lane) 
vs Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' (far lane) --- Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender'


Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter'

Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter'

Taking up a lot of space on the page is one of our favourite FCC cars, the very photogenic "Cone Hunter" entry of Albuquerque's Lyle Greenberg, seen doing his burnout, then backing up (upper photos), then leaving the line, dropping cylinders and spinning the tires hard (lower photos). The results weren't pretty as the scoreboards told the tale with a 7.448 - 107.43 displayed


Nancy Matter - 'Guardian' --- Nancy Matter - 'Guardian'

Late in the first session the Texas-based "Guardian" of Nancy Matter ran, but she didn't get very far under power and ended up near the bottom of the list (#27) with a clocking of 8.524 - 79.69. The team was obviously hoping for much better results in the evening session


Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' --- Storm Clouds

Closing out the first session was Nick Poloson (right), as he topped the charts, with a very good (for the conditions) 4.159 - 170.83 in the "Bucket List" car to take provisional pole going into the evening session. As the crews got busy in the pits prepping for the second session, the ever-threatening storm clouds gathered over the track


FRIDAY - Second Qualifying Session


With the temperatures dropping rapidly after sunset, a number of teams decided against trying to hook up on the cold track and stayed in the pits. A few of the teams managed to improve but most of the racers were hoping for much better conditions in the final qualifying session on Saturday afternoon. With a better weather forecast on tap, it seemed like a prudent move. As the FCC gang doesn't provide separate reports for the first two sessions, we can only report the best numbers recorded for each racer from the combined results.


Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Blaine Cunningham - 'Animalize'

Streaking into the night, the "Prairie Fire", driven by Nick Johnson (left) anchored the "A" field in the #8 spot, with a solid 4.659 - 148.65, while Blaine Cunningham in his "Animalize" entry (right) went nowhere in a hurry, finally stopping the clocks at 8.983 - 71.96, leaving him near the bottom of the pack


Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' --- Andy Mears - Dragon Slayer'

The old school '55 Chevy (or is it a '57 ?) "Dragon Slayer" of Andy Mears ended up in the middle of the "B" field (#12) with a decent 4.987 - 132.16 e.t. and speed


Don Knoblauch - 'Atomic Punk' --- Don Knoblauch - 'Atomic Punk'

Coming all the way from Washington state, the "Atomic Punk" of Don Knoblauch (left) had some extra tuning help on hand, as Jeff 'The Surfer' Diehl joined the team for the weekend. His first effort ended early with a 7.011 - 72.42 timeslip and a good second try was negated by rolling the lights and getting a NTR (no time recorded timeslip)


Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour' --- Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour'

Out for the first time in a very long time, Canada's Tim Boychuk in the "Happy Hour" Camaro, couldn't have been overjoyed with an 18th best 5.459 - 125.57 that put him all the way down into the (just added) "C" field. With only one more chance to knock off the rust, Boychuk and crew have to be hoping for much better numbers on Saturday


Tom Furches - 'Made in America' --- Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War'

Enjoying the day much more was Oklahoma's Shayne Lawson (right) as the sharp looking "Man O' War" pounded out a good 4.560 - 120.51 for the #6 spot and a chance to play in the "A" field on Saturday night


Ray Stringer - 'Blown Cent-Less' --- Ray Stringer - 'Blown Cent-Less'

As reported earlier, Ray Stringer and his "Blown Cent-Less" didn't exactly light up the scoreboards with a best of 7.525 - 116.55.


Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' --- Tod Barker - 'Back in Black'

We're not sure if Steve Vang and his "Wicked Weekender" (left) improved in the evening session, but he managed to hold on to the #4 position, while Tod Barker's "Back in Black" 'Vette surprised a few people with the second fastest speed of the day, and the #5 qualifying position, with a very good 4.523 - 163.63 timeslip


Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter'

Sporting new colours for the 2021 season, the former "Magnolia Missile" of Jeff Cameron (left) is now known as "Jake's Speed Shop", and he didn't disappoint his new sponsors, coming in as the #7 qualifier at 4.588 - 139.53. The best looking 'Vette in the pits, the "Cone Hunter" of New Mexico's Lyle Greenberg (right) had mixed feelings about his evening pass, as he lit the tires on the launch and stayed with it, smoking the tires to the finish line and finally stopping the clocks at 7.448 - 107.43 to sit just outside the "C" field at #25. It wasn't good, but it was spectacular


Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy' --- Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy'

Two of the final shots from this report featured Clay Cunningham in the "Still Crazy" entry (left), on his way to an on-and-off (and probably at least one more on-and-off) before the clocks (finally) stopped at 6.240 - 128.05 that put him in the #22 spot


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'

Late in the evening Chuck Loftin in the "Motivation" Mustang made his second attempt, shutting off early to a 5.235 - 104.54, only good enough for the #14 spot on the ladder

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

Saving the best for last, defending Funny Car Chaos series champion, Ken Singleton in the "High Risk" entry shut off a tad early on his qualifier and slipped into the #2 spot on the ladder with a 4.173 - 142.34 timeslip, landing less than two hundredths of a second behind the provisional #1 qualifer, Nick Poloson


Going through the results, it's obvious that most cars shut off before the finish line as the 200+ mph speeds at previous events (especially the season opener at the Texas Motorplex) were lacking, as Nick Poloson's top speed of the day (170.83) would have been well down the rankings at almost any other event on the schedule. Here's hoping for a tighter track and warmer track temperatures on Saturday. Stay tuned for more pictures from Friday's qualifying and results from Saturday's eliminations.


The latest update as of April 20, 2021


Following the conclusion of the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at Las Vegas, here are the latest points standings in the Top Alcohol classes. The next event on their calendar was scheduled for last weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway (Madison, IL) but weather forced it to be rescheduled to October 1-3. The next national event for the alky cars is this coming weekend at Atlanta Dragway. Then they have a week off before back-to-back national events at Charlotte, NC (NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals) and Houston, TX (MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals).


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER


TAD National Points Standings

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR


TAFC National Points Standings

The latest update as of March 31, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

Much more to come, but here's the start of the photos from Friday night's first two qualifying sessions for Funny Car Chaos and Outlaw Fuel Altereds from the 'Plex.

Friday, April 2, 2021 UPDATE: Added the balance of Friday night's qualifying shots. That's the easy part done; now all I have to do is re-arrange everything in a chronological order and caption every photo. Looks like a long weekend's worth of work...


Kebin Kinsley (left) 
and Richard Hartman (right) --- Kebin Kinsely - 'War 
Wagon' (near lane) vs Richard Hartman - 'Wilkerson & Hartman' (far lane)

Steve Vang - 'Wicked 
Weekender' (near lane) vs Gary Wheeler Jr. - 'The Mistress' (far lane) --- Daniel Butherus - 
'Rat-a-Tude' (near lane) vs Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie' (far lane)

Doug Schneider - 'Schneider 
Racing' (near lane) vs -obscured- (far lane) --- Charles Ware - 'Juggling 
Rubies' (near lane) vs Levi Keenen - 'Illinois Thunder' (far lane)

Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew 
Thunder' --- Shane Blanton - 'Bad 
Company'

Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre' 
(near lane) vs Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' (far lane) --- Ray Stringer - 'Blown 
Cent-Less' (near lane) vs Mitch Bowen - 'Northland Express' (far lane)

Jeff Cameron - 'Magnolia 
Missile' (near lane) vs Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (far lane) --- Ray Martin - 'Worsham 
Racing' (near lane) vs Kyle Smith - 'Smith Family Racing' (far lane)

Terry Haddock - 'Circle K' (near lane) 
vs Todd Simpson - 'Simpson Racing' (far lane) --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros.'

Nancy Matter - 'Guardian' 
(near lane) vs Bill Naves - 'Shooting Star' (far lane) --- Michael Tobacco - 'Pandemic' 
(near lane) vs Scott Cousimano - 'Nitro Mafia' (far lane)

Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' 
(near lane) vs Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown' (far lane) --- Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas'

driver unknown - 
'Sundancer' --- Terry Totten - 'Rednecks 
'N Fuel'

Johnny West - 'Plan A' --- Rick Lewelling - 'Midnight 
Special' (near lane) vs Mark Hunter - 'Jailbreak'

Raymond Dawson - 'High 
Octane' (near lane) vs Keith Zimmerer - 'Penny Pincher' (far lane) --- Jimmy Jones - 'Texas Tremor' 
(near lane) vs Bobby Marriott - 'Shockwave' (far lane)

Jody Austin - 'BushWhacker' --- John Broussard - 'Purple 
Haze' (near lane) vs Mary Reep - 'Grim Reeper' (far lane)

Levi Keenen - 'Illinois 
Thunder' (near lane) vs Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' (far lane) --- Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' 
(near lane) vs Danny Smith - 'Snafu' (far lane)

Allan Middendorf - 'American 
Outlaw' --- Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' 
Okie' (near lane) vs Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (far lane)

Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' 
(near lane) vs Scott Palmer - 'Scott Palmer Racing' (far lane) --- Ronny Young - 'Blue Max' 
(near lane) vs Gary Wheeler Jr. - 'The Mistress' (far lane)

Scott Pareso - 'Altered 
Reality' (near lane) vs Mitch Bowen - 'Northland Express (far lane) --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' 
(near lane) vs Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane)

Jade Cook -'Nemesis --- Kyle Smith - 'Smith Family 
Racing' (near lane) vs Mark Billington - 'Sons of Thunder' (far lane)

Blaine Cunningham - 'Animalize' 
(near lane) vs Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy' (far lane) --- Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' 
(near lane) vs Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger' (far lane)

Mike Newkirk - 'Disturbed' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone 
Hunter'

John Hale - 'Red Baron' --- John Hale - 'Red Baron'


The latest update as of March 30, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

As promised, we've got lots and lots of photos from NITRO MADNESS but it's going to take a few days to get them all sorted and captioned and posted. Yeah, yeah, same old, same old from Northern Thunder, but we are working on it now. Here's a grab-bag of stuff from Saturday night (without captions) until we can go through all the pics and put the stories together to go with them. Stay tuned!


SATURDAY - Final Qualifying Session


Kebin Kinsley - 
'War Wagon' --- Danny Smith - 
'Snafu' (left) vs Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' (right)

Chris Schneider - 
'Brutus' --- Nancy Matter - 
'Guardian'

Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' 
(left) vs Gary Wheeler Jr. - 'The Mistress' (right) --- Eric Eoff - 'Shazam!'

Ray Martin - 'Worsham 
Racing' --- Vic Tiffin - 'Gold Digger'

Mitch Bowen - 'Northland 
Express' --- Chuck Loftin - 
'Motivation'

Don Knoblauch - 'Atomic 
Punk' --- Terry Totten - 'Rednecks 
'n Fuel'

Richard Hartman - 
'Wilkerson & Hartman' - AA/FA


SATURDAY - Eliminations

We're still sifting through all the pictures and going over the results so it's going to be a while before we have this all organized and captioned. Please bear with us.


Richard Hartman - 
'Wilkerson & Hartman (near lane) vs Kebin Kinsley - 'War Wagon' (far lane) --- Del Worsham - 
'Worsham & Fink' burnout

Allan Middendorf - 
'American Outlaw' burnout --- Allan Middendorf - 
'American Outlaw' (near lane) vs Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (far lane)

Stevce Timoszyk - 
'Detroit Tiger' --- Tod Barker - 
'Back in Black' (near lane) vs Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane)

Clint Cross - 
'Cross Ways' (near lane) vs Cory Holcomb - 'Black Widow' (far lane) --- Johnny West - 
'Plan A' (near lane) vs Robert Winefsky - 'Nitro Moose' (far lane)

Del Worsham - 
'Worsham & Fink (near lane) vs Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (far lane) --- Nick Polloson - 
'Bucket List' (near lane) vs Doug Schneider - 'Schneider Racing' (far lane)

Scott Palmer - 
'Scott Palmer Racing' (near lane) vs Terry Haddock - 'Haddock Racing' (far lane) --- Bill Bernard - 
'BNT Motorsports' (near lane) vs Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (far lane)

Keith Jackson - 
'High Heaven' (near lane) vs Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane) --- Robert Winefsky - 
'Nitro Moose' (far lane)

Anthony Whitfield - 
'Mighty Mouse' (near lane) vs Robert Winfesky - 'Nitro Moose' (far lane) --- Bobby Marriott - 
'Shockwave' - burnout

Donny McSwain - 
'Wild One' (near lane) vs Aaron Morrow - 'Nitro Relapse' (far lane) --- Michael Neal - 
'Dixie Fever' (near lane) vs 'Black Magic' (far lane)

Joe Bush - 
Silver Bullet B/G (near lane) --- Blue Collar - 
White Trash B/G (near lane)


The latest update as of March 29, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

Starting with the Outlaw Fuel Altered final, and working our way up to the Funny Car Chaos "A" field, here's the final round shots to get this party started. Stay tuned for many, many more over the next few days.


Mary Reep - 'Grim Reeper' 
(near lane) vs Aaron Morrow - 'Nitro Relapse' (far lane)

The first pair out of the lanes for the finals, were from the Outlaw Fuel Altereds association, and they produced a great race, with Aaron Morrow driving the Morrow & Darby "Nitro Relapse" (far lane) against Mary Reep in the family operated "Grim Reeper". Leaving first, but unfortunately with a BIG redlight shining on her side of the tree, was Mary Reep, handing the automatic win to Aaron Morrow.

Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' 
Okie' (near lane) vs Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane)

Next up was the final for the "D" field, and it featured Bob Alberty Jr. in his beautiful "Thunderin' Okie" (near lane), who redlighted (and shutoff) away his chance against Tom Furches in the "Made in America" (far lane). Furches laid down his best run of eliminations (4.069 - 164.25) for the win.

Levi Keenen - 'Illinois 
Thunder' (near lane) vs Bill Bernard -

Moving on to the "C" field final, it featured the Plymouth Arrow-bodied "Illinois Thunder" of Levi Keenen (near lane), but his best of eliminations pass of 3.820 - 194.64 fell to the very strong 3.669 - 205.07 winning run of the alky burning "BTnT Motorsports" entry of Bill Bernard in the far lane.

Scott Palmer -

Getting down to the final two races of the weekend, NHRA Top Fuel racer Scott Palmer brought out his new Top Alcohol Funny Car (near lane), and despite improving on every run, lost traction early and shutoff to a 5-second pass, dropping the decision to Doug Schneider's excellent 3.717 - 200.12 in his "Schneider Racing" entry. The "B" field was predominantly alcohol cars, as only three of the eight cars were nitro-fuelled.

Del Worsham - 'Worsham & 
Fink' (near lane) vs Kyle Smith - 'Smith Family Racing' (far lane)

The biggest race of the weekend, between the underdog blown alky car of Kyle Smith in his "Smith Family Racing" Mustang (far lane), and the NHRA Big Show-legal blown fuel entry of Del Worsham in the "Worsham & Fink" Toyota didn't quite live up to expectations, as Worsham smoked the tires and shut off early, while Smith rang up his quickest and fastest ever 1/8-mile time at 3.614 - 211.41 for the BIG win. Worsham tried his best, pedalling to a 4.718 e.t. and coasting across the finish line at 105.87 mph.


The latest update as of March 28, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

It was a long, tough weekend for all concerned at the FUNNY CAR CHAOS season opener at the Texas Motorplex. Finishing really late Friday night, then wrapping not quite as late last night, the FCC teams put on an awesome show with some incredible performances and surprising results. The winners of the "A" and "B" fields were driving blown alky floppers, and they prevailed over their heavily favoured nitro burning opponents.

Despite series record performances in qualifying and the first round of eliminations, culminating in all-time bests of 3.207 - 270+ timeslips, Del Worsham shook, smoked, and sashayed down the track, as Kyle Smith laid down another consistent low-3.60 pass to turn on the winlight. His winning e.t. was a career best (over the 1/8-th mile) of 3.61 - 211.41 in his NHRA-legal Top Alcohol Funny Car.

As they promised, tuner Tim Wilkerson and driver Richard Hartman broke the 300-mph barrier on Saturday, with another jaw-dropping 4.920 - 304.53 pass. It wasn't easy as the car started hazing the tires at half-track, but Hartman stayed with it all the way to the 1320 stripe, with lots of engine smoke trailing at that point. Despite many old-school naysayers objections to the "pedigree" of the car, it was still an absolutely remarkable performance for a car without much downforce or aerodynamics.

With so many cars running over the two-day event, our photographer didn't get much sleep - in bed at 3:00 a.m. both days - and that didn't leave much - if any - photo processing time. His latest message, coming in this morning as he started the long drive home, was "don't expect to see any pics until Tuesday"... so we'll all just have to wait patiently until then.


The latest update as of March 27, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

Our correspondent (BIG Bob Snyder) didn't send any photos last night, probably due to the late hour that qualifying finished at, but the BIGGGGG broke through on Facebook. A new Funny Car Chaos record, by an absolute TON was set by Del Worsham at.... are you ready for this for an 1/8-mile clocking: 3.210 - 270.90. Comparing the e.t. to the speeds recorded at the Gatornationals, it appears that he might have even shut off a tad early. The final qualifying session for the big race tonight didn't show any improvement for Del, but he's at the very top of the 63 cars that recorded an e.t. (68 cars made at least an attempted pass). There's only 32 spots for eliminations tonight, splite into four 8-car fields, with an ultimate bump spot held down by Keith Jackson in the "High Heaven" Camaro at 4.086 - 185.66.

The other really big news was an absolute World Record for a AA/Fuel Altered, set by Richard Hartman in a chassis provided by his employer Tim Wilkerson. Some diehards have complained that it's just a "big show" funny car with an altered body and corporate sponsorship adorning its sides. Yes, that's true in one sense, but Hartman took pains to explain that it was using antiquated big-show running gear, but that was still sufficient to put down an absolutely jaw-dropping 4.920 - 296.13 pass last night. That was on the full quarter-mile as he's taking part in a bit of a world record setting competition with the Farris brothers "War Wagon" car, piloted by Kebin Kinsley. The last words from Hartman were "We're going to see if we can run 300 on Saturday night". Hang on to see if it happens.

Here's the link to the YouTube video of the Friday evening pass. There's a semi-cool two-minute solo guitar rendition (ala Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock over 50 years ago) of the Star Spangled Banner, complete with slow-motion shots of the team getting ready to fire the car, followed by the awesome side-by-side battle with Kinsley.


The latest update as of March 25, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

Here's a few pics from yesterday's test 'n tune at the Texas Motorplex. Only a few of the cars were ready to test the track and shake off the off-season rust, but those that did hit the track were some of the best on the property. Remember, we've got heaps more coming over the weekend.


Scott Palmer - burnout --- Lynn Logue - 'Back In Black'

(LEFT) Making his first appearance at an FCC event, and checking out his new NHRA-legal Top Alky flopper, Scott Palmer warms up the tires before making a check-out pass

(RIGHT) Winding up the tires as the traction takes hold, Lynn Logue takes the "Back In Black" Firebird down track

Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(LEFT) Making an early pass, Chuck Loftin tries out the Texas traction with his "Motivation" Mustang

(RIGHT) Sporting some new sponsors, Ken Singleton crosses the starting line on the burnout in his "High Risk" entry

Mitch King - 'Bone Bucket' --- Mitch King - 'Haddock Racing'

(LEFT) We haven't seen this car or driver for quite a while, but Mitch King brought out his infamous "Bone Bucket" Fuel Altered to shake the rust off himself and the car at the 'Plex

(RIGHT) What if they held a Funny Car race and a Top Fuel Dragster showed up? While he can't compete against the floppers, Mitch King came out of a long retirement from the NHRA Big Show (since 2004) to update his license in Terry Haddock's "rent-a-ride" Top Fueler. Here he blazes the hides on his first burnout in the car

Scott Palmer - burnout --- Lynn Logue - 'Back In Black'

(LEFT) Back up for another hit, Scott Palmer blazes across the starting line in his Tommy Thompson-backed alky flopper

(RIGHT) The "other" "Back In Black" entry in the field, this one owned and driven by Lynn Logue" made a test pass

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'

(LEFT) Launching hard with the front wheels skimming the surface, defending FCC Series champion, Ken Singleton tries out the Texas traction with the "High Risk" car

(RIGHT) With the Hoosier's wrinkling nicely, Chuck Loftin launches his "Motivation" Mustang in the late afternoon

Scott Palmer --- Tod Barker - 'Back in Black'

(LEFT) Scott Palmer pulls into the beams in his brand new Top Alcohol flopper

(RIGHT) Preparing to stage before a check-out pass, Tod Barker and crew line up the "Back In Black" 'Vette


Near the end of the pre-race party in the pits, there was a large banner presented to the "King and Queen" of Funny Car Chaos, two of the hardest working and most deserving of success people in the sport of drag racing, Chris & Tera Graves


The latest update as of March 25, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

It's happening baby! Yesterday the pits started filling at the Texas Motorplex (Ennis, TX) for what should be the event of the 2021 Funny Car Chaos season. The sun was out in the morning, cars were being unloaded and pit areas set up for this weekend's FCC extravaganza. At last count; hang on, let me check the website again..... yes, it's 69 funny cars and 17 AA/Fuel Altereds on the entry list. Today is just another move-in day, but tomorrow there will be a test 'n tune for all entrants from 10am - 4pm, followed by the first two qualifying sessions at 6pm and 9pm. With that many fuel-burning (most of them anyway) it's going to be a long night that will probably stretch into the early hours of Saturday morning before the nitro fumes and tire smoke dissipate.

Our intrepid southwest correspondent, BIG Bob Snyder arrived early and sent us a small taste of what's happening already as some series regulars and a well-known newcomer to the Chaos crew started prepping for the weekend. There's going to be heaps of pics coming our way over the next 72 hours, so stay tuned.


Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' --- Terry Haddock - 'Circle K'

(LEFT) Series regular Tod Barker with his black and blue-flamed "Back In Black" Corvette returns.

(RIGHT) Another NHRA fuel racer, diehard Terry Haddock unloads his regular ride as he prepares for his second FCC race, following on last year's successful outing at San Antonio (runner-up in the "A" field) where he ran several 3.50's and hit a top speed of 234.74 mph.

Scott Palmer --- Scott Palmer

(LEFT) First thing out of the trailer was the de-rigeur 5000-hp Margarita Mixer, complete with an altered grille. Looks like they learned some lessons from the Worsham family's similar machine that I first saw at the March Meet nearly ten years ago. One blip of the throttle and you've instantly got 5 gallons of margarita.

(RIGHT) Taking up lots of space with his BIG Show transporter, NHRA Top Fuel regular, Scott Palmer brought one of his other toys to the race (he's also got a Top Fuel Hydro, and a '53 Studebaker with a full-on blown fuel engine).

Lynn Logue - 'Back In Black' --- Lynn Logue - 'Back In Black'

Just to confuse the announcers, there's two "Back In Black" entries, but this Firebird-bodied car is driven by Lynn Logue. It's also got flames, but black and gold ones. The photo on the left appeared to show him having half of Texas available for his pit area, but all that empty space will soon be filled with transporters, race cars, crews and equipment.

Highway Hell

The ominously dark clouds that had gradually gathered during the afternoon let loose with a fury when Bob left the track for the motel as you can see in his last photo of the day. However, the weather forecast for the weekend is looking much better. The only worry is a "risk of thunderstorms" on Saturday afternoon.


The latest update as of March 22, 2021


Following the conclusion of the Western Regional event at Las Vegas, here are the current points standings in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car.

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TAFC National Points_03_21_21

The latest update as of March 21, 2021


A schedule change partway through the day at Las Vegas yesterday (due to high winds) saw the Top Alcohol cars run their second and third (final) qualifying sessions before launching into the first round of eliminations late in the day. The winds had died down and the 4000+ ft. adjusted altitude dropped to "just" 3662 ft. for the first round.

The dragsters led off with Joey Severance picking up the pace to put down a 5.286 - 273.66 to leave a tire-smoking Kim Parker with a long slow drive back to the pits. The next pair turned into a single as Mike Burns was unable to bring the idle down after the burnout, and couldn't get the car in reverse, forcing him to shut off and hop over the wall so the Eastern invader, Jackie Fricke, could make a very good 5.270 - 275.39 pass to advance to the semifinal. Following that, the next pair of A/Fuelers saw Casey Grisel take the measure of Mitch Myers by a 5.388 to 5.571 margin.

Saving the best for last, the low qualifying "Team Canada" entry of Langley, BC's Shawn Cowie bombed the scoreboards with a new low e.t. and top speed of the meet at 5.189 - 278.52 to leave fellow Division Six competitor Garrett Bateman far behind at the finish line, despite a decent 5.480 - 265.48 effort. The only downside to Cowie's very convincing win was that it matched him up with his Northwest nemesis, Severance, in the semi-final. Although Cowie holds lane choice by a full tenth, he will have to be sharp on the starting line to get past Severance.

That matchup was scheduled for noon today, but a couple of lengthy oildowns (20 minutes for a SuperComp car, and a full hour for a Top Dragster) have pushed the schedule back quite a bit so we'll have wait a bit for that result.

Before we close off for now, we can quickly mention the first round of Top Alcohol Funny Car eliminations from yesterday. The first - and only - pair featured Nick Januik taking what would have been a very close win (5.644 to 5.635) over Ray Martin... except for Martin's -.038 redlight. Januik did pick up a little more than a tenth from his qualifying number, while Martin was slightly quicker too. Finishing the very abbreviated round was a bye run into the final for the 2020 World Champion Doug Gordon who improved over his very good low qualifying 5.589 - 265.69 effort, with a slightly better 5.551 - 265.80 timeslip, and lane choice for this afternoon's final against Las Vegas local Januik.


The latest update as of March 20, 2021


The third regional event on the 2021 NHRA schedule is underway at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Featuring the Top Alcohol classes, the event has drawn an overflow field of 13 dragsters (10 injected and 3 blown), but just three funny cars. Three cars for a West Coast-ish event? Hmmm.... On the good side of the news, the bump spot for the dragsters is a 5.62 after one session, which saw 12 of the 13 cars making their first runs of the season. With two more qualifiers on tap for this afternoon, the bubble will almost certainly drop into the low 5.40's or better. On the (not so) funny side of the pits, all three cars - all quality cars by the way - are automatically into the semi-finals and the low qualifier will have a bye into the final round tomorrow.

Contestant numbers in Top Alcohol Funny Car haven't been good to this point of the season, with only five cars attending the Regional opener at No Problem Raceway, followed by nine cars at the "Baby" Gators and the Gatornationals. Now we're down to just three cars at Las Vegas. I've got to think that the turnout at the next event on the schedule, the Denso Spark Plugs Four Wide Nationals, also at Las Vegas, will see a much larger contingent of funny cars.

So what happened to the traditional NHRA season opener, the WINTERNATIONALS? It was originally planned for the week after Easter, April 9 - 11, but the latest health orders in California have precluded that happening until later in the year. How much later? It's really unknown at this point. In a similar vein, the first event on the NHRA Heritage Series calendar, the fabled MARCH MEET at Famoso, California is now tentatively scheduled for May 25 - 27th instead of the obvious early March date. And the rescheduled date isn't even firm at this point.

Let's turn to the good news, and there's plenty of it from the FUNNY CAR CHAOS gang, with their season starting next weekend at the Texas Motorplex. The pre-entry list of Funny Cars was up to 67 cars at one point, but has since fallen to "only".... hold on, STOP THE KEYBOARD.... As of right now, the list is back up to 69 cars, including at least five "Big Show" capable entries (Scott Palmer, Terry Haddock, Del Worsham, Todd Simpson, Terry Totten), and a host of full-on NHRA Top Alcohol cars (Chip Beverett, Ray Drew, Kyle Smith, Bill Naves, Mark Billington, Bill Bernard,). And I won't even try to list the Heritage Series legal cars, but there's lots of them too.

Did I mention the Fuel Altered show that's running in conjunction with the Funny Cars? There were 21 pre-entries, but that's since been trimmed to just 17 cars, almost all of which are burning serious amounts of nitro. Is that enough? Or do you want a few jet cars thrown in, plus "Dirty South" Gassers, and a host of other racing entertainment. Browsing through all the very cool FCC posters produced for this race shows an attempt to set a world record for a Fuel Altered... running a full quarter-mile. The current standard is a 5.286 (set by Joey Haas in 2013) and a mind-boggling 286.07 (by Ron Fassl in 2005). The Farris brothers, with Kebin Kinsley in the HOT seat, will be going all-out to shatter both ends of the record at the Motorplex.

That's enough for this morning, but I'll be back tomorrow with some updates from Las Vegas, and the latest NHRA Top Alcohol points standings on Monday. Stay tuned!


The latest update as of March 10, 2021


AMALIE Oil NHRA Gatornationals

It's a little hard to believe, but the first national event on the 2021 NHRA schedule is set to begin in less than 24 hours at Gainesville Raceway. In a way, it's actually been going for nearly a week already, with the "Baby Gators" last weekend, followed by two days of testing earlier this week. The bigger show starts tomorrow morning with Sportsman qualifying, then the Pro and Semi-Pro teams begin qualifying on Friday morning. The weather outlook is excellent, with very little chance of rain, and plenty of sunny Florida skies, accompanied with high temperatures around 80 F (27 C) each day. Almost perfect racing conditions, and if the elapsed times and speeds already recorded over the past week are an indication, it's going to be QUICK and FAST.

The Top Alcohol cars have run two regional events already, with last weekend's Eastern Regional at Gainesville, and the previous weekend's Central Regional in Belle Rose, LA. While the car turnout at the Louisiana race was a little low, with just five Funny Cars and eight Dragsters, the quality of competition was high. And last weekend's Gainesville race saw 14 Dragsters and nine Funny Cars. Showing how tough the competition was this early in the season, the bump spot for the funnies was 5.662, while the bubble for the dragsters was a fairly stout 5.317, with the first alternate at 5.365.

While there are a total of 18 Dragsters (three blown and 15 injected) on the entry list for the Gatornationals, there are just nine Funny Cars on the list. Although the quality of the nine entries is fairly high, the non-participation has got to be worrying for the class. Yes, there are numerous reasons why a lot of cars are still sitting at home, from the pandemic, to the economy, to the uncertainty of the schedule(s). Even though there are strong signs that the worst of the pandemic is over, and restrictions on "normal" life are being, or soon will be, lifted and/or eased, it's still a tough ask to haul a car a long way to a race with all the uncertainty surrounding the sport at the moment.

That said, it's time to deal with what's happening now and enjoy the start of a new season of serious drag racing. We'll bring you a synopsis of what lies ahead in the fuel and alcohol categories over the next two days, then get into the results from Gainesville as they start coming in on Friday morning. Stay tuned!


The latest update as of November 22, 2020


My apologies to our midwest coorespondent, Bill Jeffery for taking so long to post some of the great photos he took at the final day of the 26th annual World Power Wheelstanding Championship" from Byron Dragway in early October. Ouch! Has it really been that long? Oh well, we've got all the photos sorted and will present the full complement in the Features section very soon.

26th annual World Power Wheelstanding Championship

Jeff Winn Racing Yellow 
Convertible --- Black Pickup
Vintage Motorology Red Vega --- Sweet William 
Black Camaro (US Flag)
Pearce Racing Red Camaro --- Red Camaro
Red '55 Chevy --- Dominic Ambrosini
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Not all the attempts ended well as you can see from the last two sets of shots. We'll have the full sequence of this pass and a few other hair-raising efforts posted as soon as we can.


The latest update as of November 15, 2020


It's been very quiet here this month but we've got some photos and words from our ever-intrepid SouthWestern correspondent "BIG" Bob Snyder. He attended the final Western Fuel Altered Association event of the 2020 season this weekend at Tucson Dragway. Qualifying ran on Friday night, and eliminations were yesterday on what was a very cold and somewhat slippery track in the Arizona desert. With ten cars in attendance, plus a few others testing, the variety of machinery was welcomed by the fans, and the performances improved as eliminations progressed. Note that the racers were running on a 6.70 index to level the playing field for the various engine and chassis configurations.


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Western Fuel Altered Invitational - ADRA Memorial Race - Tucson Dragway - Tucson, AZ - November 14, 2020


Running in conjunction with the ADRA Memorial Race, the Western Fuel Altered gang put on a great show for the Tucson fans. With a total of 10 cars attempting to qualify, over two days and three sessions, the decision was made to put everybody - at least everyone who wasn't broken - into eliminations. Only one racer. Tony D'Orca failed to appear for the first round, but a bonus of two cars testing, Rob Winefsky's AA/Fuel Altered and Phil Flower's Funny Car, added to the show.

Phil Flower FC --- (near lane) Greg Holman - 'Carbon Copy' vs 
(far lane) Sheldon Lofgreen

(LEFT) Between working on Sheldon Lofgreen's fuel altered, crewman Phil Flower found the time to make a few check-out passes in his recently completed Funny Car

(RIGHT) Here's a shot from the final qualifying session on Saturday morning, featuring (near lane) Greg Holman in his "Carbon Copy" 23-T, running against (in the far lane) Sheldon Lofgreen. Holman ended up in the #6 position, with a best qualifying number of 6.911 - 205.07, while Lofgreen fell just short of the top of the charts, finishing in the #2 spot with a best of 6.795 - 191.21

Sean Cash AA/FA --- Sean Cash AA/FA

Out testing in preparation for license runs in a "big show"-style AA/Fuel Altered, Sean Cash brought out his "Rabble Rouser", burning out on the left and launching hard on a planned early shutoff on the right. Assisting Cash in getting himself and the car dialled in is legendary Fuel Altered (and Funny Car and Top Fuel) owner, driver, and tuner Johnny West. The plan for Cash is to run the Midwest Fuel Altered Association in 2021

Round One Eliminations

(near lane) Mic Williams vs (far lane) Scott 
Pareso --- (near lane) Mitch Bowen -

(LEFT) In first round action, Mic Williams in the "Redeemer" (near lane) took on Scott Pareso (far lane) in the unique twin-turbo big-block Chevy. The winlight came on in Pareso's lane as he carded a 6.953 to easily cover Williams' losing 7.240 effort

(RIGHT) The next pair turned into a virtual single for the "Rust Bucket" of Flagstaff (AZ)'s Mitch Bowen (near lane) as his opponent (Pat Neal) in the far lane pitched the blower belt on the launch and barely left the starting line. Bowen stopped the clocks with a close-to-the-index 6.761 for the win

(near lane) Sheldon Lofgreen vs (far lane) 
Greg Holman - 'Carbon Copy' --- (near lane) Terri Brewster - 'Retro Rocket' vs 
(far lane) Steve Faller - 'Bad Moon Rising'

(LEFT) Another turbo monster, this time featuring a TFX hemi, was driven by Sheldon Lofgreen (near lane), matched up against Greg Holman (far lane). It was an ultra-close match as both drivers flirted with the 6.70 index and clocked identical times of 6.736. Taking the win via reaction time advantage was Lofgreen

(RIGHT) The last pair of the first round was a bit of an oddity. In the near lane, Terri Brewster launched her "Retro Rocket" front-engine dragster before the tree was activated, taking the automatic loss, and handing the win to the far lane's Steve "Flattop" Faller" in his "Bad Moon Rising" altered. He didn't get a time either as he also left before the tree, but the "first or worst" rule applied in this case

Keith Livsey RED

What if they held a fuel altered race and a "Top Fuel" car showed up? Keith Livsey brought out his twin-mag late-model BAE-powered dragster and was slotted into the show to help amp up the entertainment value for the fans. He qualified #1 with a 6.765, and took a first-round bye in the 9-car field, running just a tad under the index at 6.696, but nevertheless advancing to the second round


Round Two Eliminations - Quarter-Finals

Sheldon Lofgreen

With a 9-car field in the first round, the five winners (one on a bye) advancing to the second round meant someone got a single. Earning the spot was the #2 qualifier, Sheldon Lofgreen, in his hard-running turbo car, and he put down a very close to the index 6.711 to earn his spot in the semi-finals

(near lane) Mitch Bowen - 'Rust Bucket' vs 
(far lane) Steve Faller - 'Bad Moon Rising' --- (near lane) Scott Pareso vs (far lane) 
Keith Livsey

(LEFT) In the near lane, Mitch Bowen drove the "Rust Bucket" to an easy win over Steve "Flattop" Faller" (far lane) in the "Bad Moon Rising". Bowen cranked out a solid 6.761, while Faller fell by the wayside early, finally stopping the clocks at 10.124 for the loss

(RIGHT) The second round concluded with Keith Livsey, in the far lane, matched up against the only out-of-state entry, Colorado's Scott Pareso, and in a very close race, Livsey took the win by a 6.768 to 6.840 margin. His pass wasn't quite quick enough to earn lane choice over Lofgreen in the semis though. As a consolation, Pareso took the "Best Burnout" award, doing a 1000-footer for the prize

Rob Winefsky - 'Coyote Express' AA/FA --- Rob Winefsky - 'Coyote Express' AA/FA

Two views of a local blown fuel altered (AA/FA), the "Coyote Express", driven by Rob Winefsky, making some test passes for the crowd. He started the year with a runner-up finish to Ron "BIG Show" Capps at the fabled Good Vibrations March Meet, but hasn't had very many opportunities to race since. Rob was testing a new supercharger in preparation for the 2021 season.

Round Three Eliminations - Semi-Finals

Mitch Bowen --- (near lane) Keith Livsey RED vs 
(far lane) Sheldon Lofgreen

(LEFT) Yes, it's another single, as 9-cars (Rnd #1) became 5-cars (Rnd #2) and now it's down to three cars in the semi-finals. The bye run this time went to #7 qualifier Mitch Bowen and he took full advantage of the situation to see just how hard he could run without worrying about breaking out of the 6.70 index. The scoreboards rang up a low e.t. of the meet 6.624 as he blasted his way into the final round. Presumably without lane choice though, due to the "breakout"

(RIGHT) In the only side-by-side match of the round, Keith Livsey (near lane), appeared to leave first, and he did, but courtesy of a red-light, giving the automatic win to Sheldon Lofgreen, in the far lane. Despite a quicker time (6.725), Livsey saw the automatic winlight come on in Lofgreen's lane, as he carded a solid 6.818 to move into the final round


Round Four Eliminations - Final

Sadly, we don't have any pictures, or first-hand reports to post, as our correspondent left before the final round as the dropping temperatures made it simply too uncomfortable to wait for the final pair. But we do have the results, as Mitch Bowen in the "Rust Bucket" took the win in the closest race of the day, turning a 6.740 over the close-but-no-cigar effort of Sheldon Lofgreen, who trailed with a valiant 6.758 effort in the loss. Making the race even closer than it appeared from the timeslips was the .017 reaction time advantage for Lofgreen that made the margin of victory for Bowen at the finish line a miniscule .0012 of a second. What a finish to a great day of racing in the Southwest.


The latest update as of November 4, 2020


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER & FUNNY CAR Finals

Megan Meyer A/FD --- Joey Severance B/AD

On the left side, it's the defending Top Alcohol Dragster national champion, Megan Meyer,,,, doing her burnout. On the right, it's former four-time champ, Joey Severance launching hard, but all for naught as he was off the throttle before half track and slowed to a losing 7.126 - 128.70 time. After a very quick leave and major holeshot on Meyer (.015 light to .176), Severance was unable to hold the lead.

Taking the win, and clinching a repeat national championship was Meyer, who kept up her pace with a great 5.200 - 281.07 (top speed of the meet) in what might have been her final pass down a dragstrip. She recently announced her retirement from the sport following her marriage last weekend. Whether she stays retired forever remains to be seen.

Bob McCosh Jr. TA/FC --- Bob McCosh Jr. TA/FC

Two views of the Top Alcohol Funny Car runner-up, Bob McCosh Jr., burning out on the left, and launching hard with the front wheels just off the concrete on the right. Although he had the better numbers 5.499 - 266.64, to winner Greg Bellemeur's almost-as-good 5.500 - 266.06, the reaction times told the tale. Bellemeur's .028 light covered McCosh's good, but not quite good enough, .058 time, and the margin at the 1320 mark was a little more than half a car length.


PRO MODIFIED & TOP FUEL HARLEY Finals

Khalid alBalooshi PM --- Steve Jackson PM

With a short (11-car) field, the Bahrain 1 team filled the semi-final round, with all three of their cars advancing to that round of competition. Then it was down to the final two, with (on the left) Khalid alBalooshi burning out in his ProCharger-equipped 2019 Camaro, while (on the right) the screw-blown 2018 Camaro of Stevie "Fast" Jackson lights up the big Goodyears.

(left lane) Khalid alBalooshi vs 
(right lane) Steve Jackson Pro Mod Final --- Steve Jackson PM

When the lights came down, Jackson (right side) left first by a few hundredths, followed closely by alBalooshi (left side), with his front wheels higher on the launch. Jackson steadily increased his lead until alBalooshi shut off at the 1000' mark, and coasted to a losing 5.890 - 224.96, while Jackson blasted into the winners circle with a better 5.789 - 247.47 timeslip. It was a double celebration for Jackson, as he clinched his second consecutive Pro Mod championship with a win over Brandon Snider in the second round of eliminations.

(left lane) Ricky House vs 
(right lane) Jay Turner TFH Final --- Jay Turner TFH

One of the fan favourite categories, Top Fuel Harley whittled the 8-bike field down to the finalists, Ricky House (left side) against long-time dominator in the class, Jay Turner (right side). Despite a quicker (.041 to .059) leave by House, it was Turner putting on the winlight with a bike-length margin at the finish line, and the boards showing the 6.390 - 214.96 decision in Turner's favour, over House's not quite good enough 6.444 - 214.79 effort.


COMPETITION, SUPER STOCK & FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN Finals

Cody Lane E/SMA --- Terry Emmons SS/BS

(LEFT) Hangin' 'em high on the launch in the Hancock & Lane E/SMA Cavalier is North Bend, WA's Cody Lane, enroute to a win over the just barely in the extreme left corner of the frame, Doug Engels in his D/Dragster. Lane didn't have a great start to the weekend, qualifying at the very bottom of the 14-car Comp field, but marched through eliminations and took the final round with a quicker pass and great light (.009), for a convincing seventh national event win.

(RIGHT) At the conclusion of six rounds of eliminations, it was Terry Emmons in his little SS/BS Cavalier (popular little cars eh?) taking the Super Stock trophy, his eighth national event victory, over the wild wheelstanding SS/JA Camaro of Pennsylvania's Bryan Wormer (seen below). With the handicap headstart, Wormer redlighted away his chances, and even though Emmons also left before the green, the first or worst rule always applies.

Bryan Wormer SS/JA --- Bryan Wormer SS/JA

The old adage of "if ya can't be good... at least be spectacular" certainly applies in this instance, as Bryan Wormer leaves with the front end heading for the moon as he registers an automatic loss in the Super Stock final with his red-light start.

(left lane) David Barton vs 
(right lane) Aaron Stanfield FSS Final --- Aaron Stanfield FSS

With a restricted 9" wide rear tire, the Factory Stock cars have to work very hard to keep them biting, so launching with the front end high is necessary to get enough weight on the rear wheels to keep them hooked up. Both finalists did it well, with (left side)


TOP DRAGSTER, SUPER COMP & TOP SPORTSMAN Finals

Al Kenny T/D --- Bradley Johnson T/D

Bradley Johnson T/D --- Marko Perivolaris S/C

Dan Meziere T/S --- Dan Meziere T/S


The latest update as of November 3, 2020


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE Final

Angie Smith PSM --- (near lane) Angie Smith vs 
(far lane) Steve Johnson

Starting Line celebration --- Angie Smith on the big screen


PRO STOCK Final

Erica Enders PRO --- Kyle Koretsky PRO

(near lane) Erica Enders vs 
(far lane) Kyle Koretsky --- Starting Line celebration


The latest update as of November 2, 2020


Here's a little teaser of just some of the photos we've got from Bob Snyder. There's more than 600 from Sunday's eliminations, so it's going to take a while to go through them and get the best shots posted. Stay tuned! These are the pics from the Funny Car and Top Fuel finals.

FUNNY CAR Final

Ron Capps F/C burnout --- Matt Hagan F/C burnout

On the left side, burning out in preparation for the final, is Ron Capps, while on the right side we've got Matt Hagan

(near lane) Matt Hagan vs 
(far lane) Ron Capps --- Matt Hagan F/C launch

(LEFT) Launching from the left side is Matt Hagan enroute to a winning 3.914 - 326.40 pass, putting a great exclamation mark on his championship season. On the right side, Ron Capps left hard, but ran into trouble before half track, slowing to a losing 4.463 - 173.70 in the losing effort.

(RIGHT) One final shot of Hagan with the flames up putting down some serious power.

TOP FUEL Final

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Monday morning musings from Northern Thunder

It took a bit of digging, but I was finally able to find the NHRA announcement about the revised points earning procedures for the 2020 season. After operating for the past few weeks under the (mistaken, unfortunately) assumption that racers could claim points from all six of the national events that had Top Alcohol on their schedule, I found that I was "misinformed". By myself. I had to look back to a posting on NHRA's website from May 19. It reads as follows:

Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car

Alcohol National Championship: best 2 of 5 regional and best 5 of 7 national events
Alcohol Regional Championship: best 4 of 5 regional events. No home regional event minimum requirement

I remembered the two of five regional, but forgot about the 5 of 7 national rule, so while I assumed Shawn Cowie held an advantage over Megan Meyer going into the Dodge NHRA Finals, he needed to win the event, or at least reach the final round to have a chance to take the championship. When Cowie dropped a close and ultimnately heartbreaking decision to long time arch-rival Joey Severance in the semi-finals, his fate was sealed. The only way he could hope to win the big trophy was for Severance to take out Meyer in the final round.... and win the final regional event of the season at the very same Las Vegas track this coming weekend.

Cowie's Mundie's Towing team did all they could to help Severance get ready for the final as they loaned their engine to the J & A Services team and pitched in with a bunch of the other Top Alky racers to effect the swap and fully prep the car for the battle with Meyer. Joey did his job on the starting line, putting a major (.015 to .176) holeshot on Megan, but the car went silent before half track and coasted to the runner-up position.

At this point, the Cowie team must be absolutely sick of the sight of the # 2 on the side of the rear wing, but as they've battled on over the years, they can only look forward to another championship chase in 2021.

Here's the (not quite) final points standings for Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car. There's still one more regional event to run and a number of racers have not maxed out their regional points - remember - best two of five results - but the championships have been decided and there will be a very anti-ciimactic feeling to the last NHRA event of the 2020 season.


TAD National Points Standings

TAFC National Points Standings

The latest update as of November 1, 2020


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Eliminations Day at the Dodge NHRA Finals

We've got the first batch of photos from Saturday's action at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Captions and descriptions to follow as soon as we have time.

Greg Anderson PRO --- Eddie Krawiece PSM

Ron Capps F/C --- Matt Hagan F/C

Billy Torrence T/F --- Steve Torrence T/F

Megan Meyer A/FD --- Shawn Cowie B/AD

Terry Haddock F/C --- Jack Beckman F/C

Cruz Pedregon F/C --- Dave Richards F/C

Chris Morel F/C --- Jim Campbell F/C

Alexis DeJoria F/C ---l Tim Wilkerson F/C

Tommy Johnson Jr. F/C --- Paul Lee F/C

Matt Hagan F/C --- Tony Schumacher T/F

Steve Torrence T/F --- Leah Pruett T/F

Jim Whiteley P/M --- (near lane) Justin Jones vs (far lane) 
Clint Satterfield P/M

Justin Bond PM

Megan Meyer A/FD --- Jackie Fricke A/FD

Shawn Cowie B/AD --- Chip Beverett TA/FC

Annie Whiteley TA/FC --- Chris Marshall's Backup Wife - Brianna

Bob McCosh TA/FC --- Scoreboard

(LEFT) Launmching hard enroute to another low 5.50 pass, Bob McCosh

(RIGHT) The numbers on the board don't tell the full story, with Bob McCosh's 5.552 - 265.64 pass taking the winlight over Chris Marsahll's better 5.461 - 267.96, courtesy of an .042 to .104 holeshot. The margin of victory at the stripe was just one thousandth of a second. And that's all we've got from yesterday's qualifying and eliminations action. Much more to come tomorrow from today's final eliminations.


The latest update as of October 31, 2020


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Dodge NHRA Finals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

7:00 AM Update

Due to an uncooperative (ie. crap) wi-fi at Motel "5.9", our photographer was only able to transmit two pictures from yesterday's Top Alcohol qualifying at Las Vegas. Thankfully they were images of the top cars in each class. Much more to come later today though and throughout the weekend. Stay tuned!

(near lane) Brian Hough vs (far lane) Greg Bellemeur --- (near lane) Shawn Cowie vs (far lane) Megan Meyer

(LEFT) Normally you would expect these two cars to be the last pair in a qualifying session, but after 9- and 10-second runs in the first session, Brian Hough in the near lane, and Greg Bellemeur in the far lane, were the first cars out of the waterbox to start the second (and final) qualifier. They both improved dramatically, with Hough jumping from #15 to the top of the ladder with a 5.464 - 267.75 pass, while Bellemeur nearly matched his numbers as he leaped from #16 to #2, courtesy of a 5.487 - 264.96 clocking.

(RIGHT) The story for this pair is the opposite of the Funny Cars, as they finished the first session in the top two spots, and stayed there on the final qualifying sheets. To show the consistency of these teams, they were the quickest cars in both qualifying sessions. In the far lane, Megan Meyer followed up her 5.203 - 271.79 with an almost as good 5.236 - 269.56 pass, while on the near side, Shawn Cowie fell off slightly from his earlier 5.208 - 276.80 to a merely very good 5.258 - 276.13 in the final session. Interestingly, Cowie had the two fastest passes of qualifying at over 276-mph, beating out the BIG horsepower of the A/Fuel cars.


3:00 PM Update

Following the first PRO qualifying session, which was slowed somewhat by cone blasting, engine destroying, rearend locking, etc incidents, the Top Alcohol cars waited patiently in the staging lanes for their first round of eliminations. With two rounds of eliminations scheduled for today (second one at approx. 6:30 pm), there could be some major changes in the dragster championship before the day is over. In fact, Shawn Cowie could be crowned the new champion if his two pursuers from the Meyer Racing team, Megan Meyer and Julie Nataas lose in either the first or second round. To make that possibility a reality, Cowie would have to at least win his first round match with Dusty Green in the one-of-a-kind driver forward A/Fuel Dragster. The first pair of dragsters are in the burnout box, so stay tuned for an almost live update in a few minutes.


The latest update as of October 30, 2020


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Dodge NHRA Finals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Chris Morel - Nitro Funny Car ---

(LEFT) Making his national event debut is Chris Morel in his "Charger" nitro funny car. (RIGHT) Making his Vegas debut is Top Alcohol Funny Car contender (currently #5 in the points standings) Bob McCosh Jr., all the way from Columbia, Missouri.

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(LEFT) Lurking under the big awning are the two Kansas killer Kars, with Julie Nataas (cuirrently #3 in the Top Alcohol Dragster standings), and in the background, her teammate and defending champion Megan Meyer. (RIGHT) Putting on his "game face" is Top Alcohol Dragster points leader Shawn Cowie as he aims to upgrade the number on his rear wing from #2 to #1.

The early bird gets the best parking spot as our intrepid lensman, BIG Bob Snyder slides his road warrior van into an otherwise empty media parking lot.


The latest update as of October 25, 2020


Shawn Cowie wins the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil

The points battle for the Top Alcohol Dragster championship intensified in a big way when Shawn Cowie took full advantage of Megan Meyer's absence during eliminations to take the event win and jump back into the lead in the point standings. And in Top Alcohol Funny Car, Doug Gordon won his first championship when the defending champion, Greg Bellemeur lost in the semi-finals. Congratulations to the BETA Motorcylces gang on a very well-deserved championship. The standings going into the final two races of the season are below. Remember to click on the small graphics for easier viewing.

TAD National Points Standings --- TAFC National Points Standings


The latest update as of October 24, 2020


BIG News from Baytown - Megan Meyer will NOT run in eliminations

A bolt out of the blue came over the video feed from Houston Raceway Park when NHRA's lead announcer, Alan Rinehart announced that Megan Meyer had left the track to attend her wedding. Presumably that happy event had been scheduled far in advance and prompted her to only make a qualifying effort at the SpringNationals, and not run in eliminations. Rinehart reported that she would receive first round loser points, and still stay ahead of her closest challengers for the national championship, Shawn Cowie (32 points behind), and team-mate Julie Nataas (53 points in arrears).

However, and we're still waiting for confirmation on this point, but the NHRA website states "All remaining event non-qualifiers or no-shows in eliminations will automatically receive 10 points". If that caveat applies in this case, then Meyer is running a serious risk of losing her lead in the championship standings. Even if she is credited with the 31 points awarded to first-round losers, she could still find herself in second place by the end of tomorrow's eliminations.

Looking further down the standings shows that even Duane Shields (75 points back), and Jackie Fricke (86 points behind), could signifcantly close the gap on Meyer heading into the final national event of the season at Las Vegas next weekend. Only Fricke (of the aforementioned names) is not entered in that race... so far. And speaking of Las Vegas, there is a Western Regional event running there this weekend, with nine Top Alcohol Dragsters and six Funny Cars competing. The only Top Ten racer in attendance at that race is Joey Severance (#7) and he can only gain 21 points with an event win. On the Funny Car side, the highest racer in the standings is Chip Beverett and he's way down in the #14 spot with no chance to challenge for the championship.

First round of eliminations for the alky cars is at the end of the day (5:30 or 6:00 pm) at Houston, with the balance of eliminations tomorrow. At Las Vegas, the first round is scheduled for 2:00 pm, with the semi-finals at 5:00 and the finals at 7:00 pm. If you're a real hardcore fan, you can follow the action on a live feed from The Strip at LVMS through this Drag Racer TV link, courtesy of Competition Plus.


The latest update as of October 23, 2020


Top Alcohol Dragster

And then there were two ... national events that is. With the 2020 NHRA Camping World schedule rapidly winding down, the championship battles are intensifying as literally "every round counts" at this point. That axiom is especially so in the Top Alcohol Dragster division, as Shawn Cowie lost his very short-lived lead in the point standings following a second-round loss at Dallas last weekend. Jumping back to the top was defending national champion Megan Meyer, who brought the hammer down hard in the final round, blasting out a 5.126 - 279.09 to obliterate first-time finalist, and worthy opponent, Aaron Cooper.

Meyer's performance nearly equalled her other-worldly dominance displayed at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend. She rewrote the record books with a blistering 5.097 - 278.81 pass in the second-round, then followed it up with an even more amazing 5.090 - 280.54 effort in the semi-finals. It certainly looks like Team Meyer is on a mission to send her into "retirement" on a high note with back-to-back championships.

But the championship chase is not over yet, as Cowie is still within striking distance, just 32 points behind Meyer, with three points earnings events left on his schedule. And it could come down to the second Las Vegas Western Region race, happening the week following the Dodge NHRA Finals. If Cowie could win that event, he would gain 42 points that could ultimately decide the TAD champion. But to be in a position to capitalize on that last race of the year, he must keep pace with Meyer this weekend and next at Houston and Las Vegas. Even better, if he could close the gap during those two races, then the pressure on him to go for broke at the last race would be lessened somewhat.

First things first though, as qualifying starts later today at Houston, with a short 13-car field in Top Alcohol Dragster. The big bonus available for the low qualifier is a possible second round bye run directly into the semi-finals. Considering that the #1 qualifier gets to face the racer at the bottom of the field, there will be some very serious attempts to secure that spot. We'll bring the results as soon as they come in today, and throughout the weekend, so stay tuned to this space.

Top Alcohol Funny Car

The situation is much clearer on the flopper side of the alchohold pits. The current, and almost season-long points leader is Doug Gordon and he could clinch the championship if everything falls his way this weekend. He's got a 124 point lead over the #2 (and defending champion) Greg Bellemeur, and is 134 points in front of #3 Brian Hough, going into this weekend's race. If Gordon qualifies for eliminations, which is a foregone conclusion with only ten cars in the pits, then Bellemeur has to win the event to stay in contention for the championship. Even a runner-up finish would see the chase end on Sunday afternoon.

Hough's chances are even slimmer, as he needs to win both races and have Gordon fail to qualify at the Las Vegas event, which is not likely as there are only 15 cars on the pre-entry list at this time. So, for all intents and purposes, Hough is looking at a third place finish in the championship standings, a drop of one position from his #2 finish last season.


The latest update as of October 12, 2020


TOP ALCOHOL National Points Standings and "COUNTDOWN" Status


Don't go reaching for the magnifying glasses just yet. Click on the tables below and they will open in a larger, and much easier to read, format.

TAD National Points Standings

TAFC National Points Standings

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER -

The following tables show just where the racers are at this moment, and what their prospects are over the next four weeks. Note that in the Top Alcohol Dragster standings, the top eight runners are all entered at this week's event in Dallas. It may go a long way towards determining the national/world championship. With a revised points structure due to the truncated season, racers can count points earned at all six national events that Top Alcohol competes in, along with two (of their first five) regional races.

The current points leader in TAD, Shawn Cowie has a definite leg up on most of his competitors, as only Duane Shields and his "Northwest Nemesis" Joey Severance also appeared at Pomona. That gives this trio an extra points boost and may well be the difference maker by the end of the season. With the revised points earning opportunities on the regional front, once a racer has two regional wins, they will have amassed the maximum points available. Three racers have done just that, with Megan Meyer using them to stay close to Cowie, while Jackie Fricke and Rachel Meyer have done well regionally, with two wins apiece, but not so well on the national stage and are well back in the standings.

The second through fourth racers in the standings cannot claim any more regional points, while Cowie still has one chance to gain the maximum, at the final event on the 2020 calendar, the Las Vegas regional race happening after the Dodge NHRA Finals. Also in the same boat is Joey Severance, who could use that final race of the year to gain an extra 21 points towards his total. One spot below Severance in the standings, Josh Hart could gain 42 points at that event, while Cowie stands to also gain 42 points if he could win the event. Finally, long-shot contender (#8 in the points currently) James Stevens, could likewise add 42 points to his total with a win at the Las Vegas regional.

There's so many scenarios possible, but it will all become at least somewhat clearer by Sunday afternoon when eliminations conclude at the Texas Motorplex. With a full field of blown alky (four) and injected nitro (twelve) cars entered, and points earning capabilities as follows: 1st-round loser (31), 2nd-round loser (42), semi-finalist (53), runner-up (64) and winner (85) points, the standings could look quite different by next week. Note that oil-downs cost five points per occurence.


TAD Countdown

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR -

It's been an almost all Doug Gordon season, despite losing in the final round at the Winternationals back in February. It didn't take him long to take over the top spot though, with a victory at the "Baby Gators" event in early March putting him in the #1 position. Then the pandemic hit and everything came to a very sudden halt for nearly four months. The long layoff didn't hurt Gordon at all though, as he domianted the Denver race in late June to max out his regional points in just three outings. At this point he was so far ahead of his nearest competitor, Greg Bellemur that the championship was looking like it mnight be locked up early.

By the time the second national event of the season unfolded, nearly seven months after the season opener, the nerest pursuer was Brian Hough, only 49 points in arrears, while Bellemeur sat in fourth place, 59 points behind. The surprise Winternationals winner Aryan Rochon, was still hanging in the chase, less than 50 points behind. From there down to the bottom of the Top Ten, the fifth place racer, D.J. Cox Jr. was 80 points down, but still well ahead of the rest of the list. As in the dragster standings, a good showing at the Winternationals was the biggest factor in the points race going into the traditional "Big Go" at Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend.


TAFC Countdown


The latest update as of October 12, 2020


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NHRA Western Regional - Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park - Chandler, AZ


Here's the pictures from the first two rounds of eliminations on Saturday at Phoenix. We'll provide the details on the final round, but sadly, no pictures of them. As per usual, the dragsters came out first, with four pairs ready to battle for the event win. Following them were the two pairs of funny cars, unfortunately far from a full field.

Casey Grisel --- (left lane) Ron Anderson vs (right Lane) Casey Grisel

(LEFT) Casey Grisel

(RIGHT) Ron Anderson (left lane) 13.783 - 72.26 vs Casey Grisel (right Lane) 5.352 - 263.67

Steve Griboski --- Joey Severance

(LEFT) Steve Griboski

(RIGHT) Joey Severance

(left lane) Joey Severance vs (right lane) Steve Griboski

Joey Severance (left lane) 5.616 - 258.86 vs Steve Griboski (right lane) 12.329 - 77.68

Johnny Ahten --- (left lane) Brandon Greco vs (right lane) Johnny Ahten

(LEFT) Johnny Ahten

(RIGHT) (left lane) Brandon Greco 9.309 - 88.66 (right lane) Johnny Ahten 12.746 - 61.04

Shawn Cowie --- (left lane) Shawn Cowie vs (right lane) Mike Austin

(LEFT) Shawn Cowie

(RIGHT) (left lane) Shawn Cowie 5.368 - 269.46 (right lane) Mike Austin 18.864 - 37.83

Ray Martin ---

(LEFT) Ray Martin

(RIGHT) (left lane) Ray Martin 5.758 - 248.43 vs (right lane) Hunter Jones 5.810 - 252.05

Scoreboard shot

(left lane) Hunter Jones 5.810 - 252.05 vs (right lane) Ray Martin 5.758 - 248.43

Don Hudson --- Jay Payne

(LEFT) Don Hudson

(RIGHT) Jay Payne

(left lane) Jay Payne vs (right lane) Don Hudson

(left lane) Jay Payne 5.707 - 259.96 (right lane) Don Hudson 11.559 - 80.27

(left lane) Brandon Greco vs (right lane) Casey Grisel --- (left lane) Joey Severance vs (right lane) Shawn Cowie

(LEFT) (left lane) Brandon Greco vs (right lane) Casey Grisel

(RIGHT) (left lane) Joey Severance vs (right lane) Shawn Cowie

Scoreboard shot

The scoreboards tell the tale as Severance advances to the final round on a holeshot. The true margin of victory was 0.032 seconds; half a car length.



The latest update as of October 11, 2020


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NHRA Western Regional - Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park - Chandler, AZ

After a long hot day in the blazing SouthWestern sun, our correspondent, "BIG" Bob Snyder left before the second, and what became the final, qualifying session. With just enough cars to fill the dragster field, and only four funny cars, the decision to axe the third session was made by NHRA Division Seven Director Mike Rice. Here's the final qualifying positions and numbers.


Qualifying sheet Top Alcohol Dragster - Session #2

Qualifying sheet Top Alcohol Funny Car - Session #2

The latest update as of October 10, 2020


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NHRA Western Regional - Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park - Chandler, AZ

We've got some pictures from yesterday's Top Alcohol (Dragster and Funny Car) first qualifying session at the NHRA Division Seven divisonal-Western Regional event. Our ever-intrepid photographer, Bob Snyder left after the first session due to the extreme (100+ F) temperature, but he's promised to be back at the track today for eliminations. We'll have more details as we get them.


Hunter Jones ---

(LEFT) Making his season debut at Phoenix was Hunter Jones in his 2010 Monte Carlo.

(RIGHT) Pairing up with Jones in the first session, Don Hudson burns out for the first time in quite a few years. It's been even longer since he last ran in Top Alcohol, as his nitro nostalgia flopper has been competition choice in recent years.

(left lane) Hunter Jones vs (right lane) Don Hudson

In the left lane, Hunter Jones was in trouble right from the hit, and his 14.110 - 82.14 left him at the bottom of the slim 4-car field. In the right lane, Don Hudson didn't fare that much better, as his 7.064 - 141.83 showed that he was off the throttle before half track. Despite the medicore timeslip, he was still #2 in the field after the session.


Ray Martin --- Jay Payne

(LEFT) Turning the big slicks for the first time since the Winternationals (seven months ago!), Alaska's Ray Martin showed no signs of rust,

(RIGHT) Entering the last month of his drag racing career, soon-to-retire Jay Payne pulled through the waterbox in his famous "ThunderSlug" Camaro.

(left lane) Jay Payne vs (right lane) Ray Martin

From the left lane, Jay Payne got off the line in fine shape, but was out of it before the 330' clocks, finally timing in at 8.356 - 146.96 to end up in the third spot in the field. On the other side, Ray Martin jumped to the top of the ladder with a very decent 5.799 - 248.93 clocking to easily outdistance the rest of the field.


After the first session ended, the qualifying sheet for the Funny Cars went as follows:

Qualifying sheet Top Alcohol Funny Car - Session #1

Steve Griboski --- Johnny Ahten

(LEFT) Coming down from the high country of Colorado, Steve Griboski, showed up to compete in his only second regional event of the year, and looking to improve on his 5.613 best at Denver in June.

(RIGHT) Another racer making his first appearance since the season-opening Winternationals, was Los Angeles county fireman Johnny Ahten, and he got up on the tires quickly in his first burnout of the weekend.

(left lane) Steve Griboski vs (right lane) Johnny Ahten

In the left lane Steve Griboski made his first shot count as a solid (and season best) 5.559 - 262.59 lit up the scoreboards. Meanwhile, in the right lane, Johnny Ahten had his injected fueler grumble and drop cylinders enroute to a so-so 5.774 - 252.54 opening run.


Mike Austin --- (left lane) Mike Austin vs (right lane) Ron Anderson

(LEFT) In what appears to be an old Jim Whiteley (J&A Services) car, Mike Austin came down from Oregon and tried to get on the right side of the win-loss ledger, after three straight first-round exits in previous 2020 appearances.

(RIGHT) In the left lane Mike Austin put down a decent 5.629 - 250.55 to sit in the middle of the pack after the first session, while over in the right lane, California's Ron Anderson lit up the tires - as you can clearly see in the photo - on the launch and slowed to a bottom of the field 14.855 - 71.27 clocking.


Brandon Greco --- Casey Grisel

(LEFT) It was certainly surprising to see Brandon Greco haul his car all the way from Pennsylvania for this race. With his maximum number of regional events already claimed, and well down in the national standings, his appearance was a bit of a mystery. However, given the unpainted/wrapped body panels, he could have been testing a new car. Even stranger, he hasn't entered any of the three remaining national events.

(RIGHT) With a chance to move into the top ten in the national standings if he could win the event, Casey Grisel made the short tow to Wild Horse with co-owner and crew chief Jerry Darien ready to lay down some serious nitro-powered numbers.

(left lane) Casey Grisel vs (right lane) Brandon Greco

In the left lane, Casey Grisel put down a solid opening effort, stopping the clocks at 5.489 - 260.51, while over in the the right lane, Brandon Greco outran him with a slightly better 5.451 - 255.82 on his first full pass of the weekend. (He made two test runs on Thursday but was off the throttle early on both).


Shawn Cowie --- Joey Severance

(LEFT) With the last pair being the top two contenders in the field, Shawn Cowie lights up the tires big-time on his usual banzai burnout.

(RIGHT) Doing almost the same pre-run routine, Joey Severance shows some serious RPM's on the burnout with the hard-running J&A Services car prior to facing arch-rival Cowie.

(left lane) Shawn Cowie vs (right lane) Joey Severance

Saving the best (pair) for last, Shawn Cowie (on the left side) pounded out a big number to kick off his weekend, with a 5.294 - 274.05 lighting up the boards, while over in the right lane, Joey Severance had some issues just past the 330' clocks - after an awesome 0.891 60' time - and pedaled his way to an early shutoff 5.845 - 193.43 time.

Shawn Cowie --- Shawn Cowie scoreboard

(LEFT) Just past the 60' clocks, Shawn Cowie is already showing a lot of tire speed enroute to the quickest and fastest time of the first session.

(RIGHT) We close our qualifying coverage with a view of Shawn Cowie's scoreboard, showing the 5.294 - 274.05. His short numbers were as follows: 60' (0.937), 330' (2.389), 660' (3.511), 660' speed (220.73), 1000' (4.472).

After the first session ended, the qualifying sheet for the dragsters went as follows:

Qualifying sheet Top Alcohol Dragster - Session #1

The latest update as of October 6, 2020



Alamo Motorplex - Funny Car Chaos

FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Qualifying Session #3 (FINAL)


Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas' --- Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List'


Eric Eoff - 'Shazam!' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter'


Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation 2.0'


Randy Mueller - 'Crazy Randy' --- Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War'


Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'


Robert Slaughter - 'Smokey Bear' --- Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian'


Nancy Matter --- Chris Graves moving the mob


FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Eliminations - Round One


Danny Smith - Snafu --- Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekend Warrior'


Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'


Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas' --- Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian'


Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' --- Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw'


Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' --- (left lane) Ronny Young - 'Blue Max' vs (right lane) Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation 2.0'


Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' --- Eric Eoff - 'Shazam!'


FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Eliminations - Round Two


(near lane) Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' vs (far lane) Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' --- (near lane) Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' vs (far lane) Danny Smith - 'Snafu'


(near lane) Ronny Young - 'Blue Max' vs (far lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- (near lane) Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' vs (far lane) Mark Billington - 'Sons of Thunder'


Ray Kelley - 'Game Xchange' Jet Dragster


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FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Eliminations - FINAL Round


(near lane) Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' vs (far lane) Tod Barker - 'Back In Black' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'


FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Pit Shots


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation 2.0' --- (left) Gary Doak - 'Bucket List' - (right) Jake Sanders - 'American Outlaw'


(left) unidentified - (right) Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' --- Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' - packing the chutes


--- unidentified pit thrash


Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' signing autographs --- Shayne Lawson & family - 'Man O' War'


(left) Chris Graves - (right) John Troxel - 'Brutus' - #2 in 2020 FCC Points --- (left) Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation 2.0' - (right) Chris Graves - #3 in 2020 FCC Points


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The latest update as of September 20, 2020



Kearney Raceway - Funny Car Chaos

FUNNY CAR CHAOS - Kearney Raceway - Qualifying Session #3 (FINAL)


Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream' --- Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown'

Danny Smith - 'Snafu' --- Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder'

Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' --- Back-Up Girls (BUGs)

Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit' --- Doug Newkirk

Joe Gallegos - Nitro Clown 2 --- Joe Gallegos - Nitro Clown 2

Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger' --- Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger'

Scott Pareso --->

<A HREF= Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'

Doug Schneider --->

<A HREF= Doug Schneider --->

<A HREF= Doug Schneider

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --->

<A HREF= Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(near lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' vs (far lane) Danny Smith --->

<A HREF= (near lane) Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' vs (far lane) Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude'

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Round One Eliminations


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --- Tom Furches - 'Made In America'

Tom Furches - 'Made In America' --->

<A HREF= Jeo Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown 2'

Doug Schneider --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(near lane) Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' vs (far lane) Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude' --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven'

(near lane) Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' vs (far lane) Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude' --- (near lane) Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' vs (far lane) Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown'

Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Kurt Duckworth - 'Complete Chaos'

Kurt Duckworth - 'Complete Chaos' --- Kurt Duckworth - 'Complete Chaos'

(near lane) Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream' vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown'

Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud' --- Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud'

At the conclusion of the first round, long-time series regular - and a nitro racer from waaaay back - Fred Farndon made his final pass down the dragstrip after announcing his retirement at this event. The crew followed him down to tow him back to the pits for the final time and wrap up his six decade long career in drag racing. And "Play It Loud" turned down the volume forever.

Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud'

Ray Kelley - 'Game Xchange' Jet Dragster --- Ray Kelley - Game Xchange Jet Dragster


Round Two Eliminations (Semi-Finals)


(near lane) Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' vs (far lane) Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(near lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' vs (far lane) Kurt Duckworth - 'Complete Chaos'


Final Round Eliminations


(near lane) Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' (with backup crew) vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'

(near lane) Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- (near lane) Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'

(near lane) Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit' vs (far lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --->

<A HREF= (near lane) Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit' vs (far lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'


The latest update as of September 12, 2020



Kearney Raceway - Funny Car Chaos

Another week, another Funny Car Chaos event. This weekend it's coming from Kearney Raceway in the heart of corn country. Last night's second qualifying session was pretty much a write-off due to unseasonably cold track temps (62 F!), but the first session, in the early afternoon was a good one. This exhibition event (to replace the cancelled Martin, MI points race) featured a wild assortment of Fuel Altereds, some on nitro, some on alky, one turbocharged, along with some new faces to the Chaos show.

Here's our first installment of Friday's qualifying, with much more to follow. As always, stay tuned!


FUNNY CAR CHAOS - Kearney Raceway - Qualifying Session #1


Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- Danny Smith

Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' --- Scott Pareso

Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit'

Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud' --- Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud'

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- Doug Schneider

Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' - (oil spill!) --- Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude'

Joe Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown 2'

Pit Shots

Motes & Williams - Top Gas Dragster --- Pit Thrash

(LEFT) Here's something you don't see every day: an honest-to-goodness twin-engine blown gas-burning Top Gas Dragster from 1970. Fifty years ago, Ray Motes drove and partner R.C. Williams wrenched this behemoth to some of the most awesome performances of that era.


Nostalgia Front-Engine Dragsters


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FUNNY CAR CHAOS - Kearney Raceway - Qualifying Session #2


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --->

<A HREF= Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit'

Tom Furches - 'Made In America' --->

<A HREF= Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven'

Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Toger' --->

<A HREF= Doug Newkirk


The latest update as of September 10, 2020



Mo-Kan Dragway - Funny Car Chaos

Going into Saturday afternoon's final qualifying session, the low e.t. was held down by Nick Poloson at 3.954, the #8 qualifier (bottom of the "A" Field) was Keith Jackson at 4.465, and the #16 car (bottom of the "B" field) was Gary Wheeler Jr. at 4.850. Top speed from Friday was clocked by #2 qualifier, and FCC points leader, Ken Singleton at 192.88 mph. With the "Mass Chaos" car of John Umlauf parked with terminal blower problems, just four cars remained to attempt to fight their way into eliminations.

FUNNY CAR CHAOS - Mo-Kan Dragway - Pit Shots


Boyd Olar - 'The Bandit' --- Broken Blower - 'OUCH!'

Trying to unravel the mystery of the 'chutes --- Three-seater dragster

Qualifying Session #3 (FINAL)


Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- Gary Wheeler Jr. - 'The Mistress'

Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream' --- Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas'

Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre' --- Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude'

Shayne Lawson Man 'O War' --- Shayne Lawson BUG - BackUp Girl

Jordan Ballew - 'Back In Black' --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' (far lane) vs Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (near lane)

Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'


Eliminations - Round One


Crowd standing for the national anthem --- Track crew and racers standing for the national anthem

(near lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' vs (far lane) Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' --- (near lane) Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' vs (far lane) Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War'

(near lane) Levi Keenan - 'Illinois Thunder' vs (far lane) Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' --- (near lane) Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' vs (far lane) Tod Barker - 'Back In Black'

(near lane) Jeff Krug - 'Obsession' vs (far lane) Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- (near lane) Daniel Brutherus - 'Ratatude' vs (far lane) Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream'

(near lane) Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' vs (far lane) Bill Naves - 'Shooting Star' --- (near lane) Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'


Eliminations - Semi-Finals


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Eliminations - Finals


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Winners Circle


Matt Nissen - 'Runnin Down A Dream' - B Field WINNER --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' - B Field - Runner-Up

Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' - A Field WINNER --- Ken Singleton - High Risk - A Field Runner-Up


The latest update as of September 7, 2020


There's been so much happening in the world of drag racing over the past month that it's been very difficult to keep up with. Changes and cancellations and revisions to schedules have been the predominant theme. However, there has been some racing thrown into the mix with two more NHRA national events at Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Raceway. Yesterday we saw the conclusion of the 66th annual U.S. Nationals (DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA US Nationals to be exact) and the day before, the sixth event on the FUNNY CAR CHAOS schedule went off before a packed crowd at Asbury, Missouri's Mo-Kan Dragway.

We'll start today's update with a look back at qualifying Friday night at Mo-Kan. Details will follow soon. We've also got all the action from Saturday's final qualifying session and eliminations from Mo-Kan. Look for that coverage tomorrow. And, as a special bonus, we've got some great pictures from the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals in early August. Stay tuned for that report.


Mo-Kan Dragway - Funny Car Chaos

Originally scheduled to be run in late April, the "better late than never" axiom applied, as 22 rompin' stompin' Funny Cars invaded Mo-Kan Dragway for the third annual Decades of Wheels event. With this race being the sixth of seven points events on the FCC calendar, it was extremely important for the championship contenders to run well and improve their positions in the standings. We start our coverage with Friday night's first two (of three) qualifying sessions.

Clark Speed Special - A/FX Chevy II --- Spectators

Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude' --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'

Bill Naves - 'Shooting Star' --- Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre'

Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' --- Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List'

Jeff Krug - 'Obsession' --- Levi Keenan - 'Illinois Thunder'

Gary Wheeler Jr. - ' The Mistress' --- Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'

Nancy Matter - 'Guardian' --- John Umlauf - 'Mass Chaos'

Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven'

Doorslammer --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'

Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas' --- (near lane) Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' vs (far lane) Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender'

Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude' --- (near lane) Levi Keenan - 'Illinois Thunder' vs (far lane) Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude'

(near lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' vs (far lane) Jeff Krug - 'Obsession' --- Gary Wheelr Jr. - 'The Mistress'

Shayne Lawson - 'Man 'O War' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'


The latest update as of August 21, 2020


We've got some bonus race coverage to present today, as our old (well... he's not that old) friend Bill Jeffery recently attended the third of four NHRA Indy events, the DODGE Nhra Indy Nationals and got some great shots from the grandstand with his new long lens. Having few spectators in the stands helped him avoid the complications of people getting in the way of the images. We'll add the details to go with the pictures when we have time, but for now, here's the first installment of the two-day event.


DODGE NHRA Indy Nationals logo

We'll start our report on the third NHRA Indy Nationals with some qualifying action for the Top Alcohol cars. Details will follow soon....


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER - Qualifying Session #2

Julie Nataas - AFD --- Julie Nataas

Julie Nataas 5.341 - 266.74

(near lane) Krista Baldwin vs (far lane) Mike Bucher --- (near lane) Will Smith vs (far lane) Brandon Greco

(LEFT) (near lane) Krista Baldwin 5.472 - 265.64 vs (far lane) Mike Bucher 5.356 - 267.80

(RIGHT) (near lane) Will Smith 5.531 - 262.85 vs (far lane) Brandon Greco 6.080 - 182.98

(near lane) Mick Steele vs (far lane) Jackie Fricke --- (near lane) Duane Shields vs (far lane) Rachel Meyer

(LEFT) (near lane) Mick Steele 5.369 - 268.87 vs (far lane) Jackie Fricke 5.305 - 274.78

(RIGHT) (near lane) Duane Shields 5.287 - 278.46 vs (far lane) Rachel Meyer 5.175 - 285.53

Rachel Meyer - AFD

Rachel Meyer


TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR - Qualifying Session #2


(near lane) Tony Bogolo vs (far lane) D.J. Cox Jr. --- Rob Pfeister

(LEFT) (near lane) Tony Bogolo 5.712 - 257.53 vs (far lane) D.J. Cox Jr. 5.627 - 234.98

(RIGHT) Rob Pfeister 5.890 - 242.71

Phil Esz

Phil Esz 5.627 - 244.12


MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK - Qualifying Session #1


(near lane) Johnny Pluchino vs (far lane) John DeFlorian Jr. --- (near lane) Johnny Pluchino vs (far lane) John DeFlorian Jr.

Johnny Pluchino --- Bill Neri

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Mike Bell --- Brad Waddle

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Elijah Morton

TOP FUEL HARLEY - Qualifying Session #1


Ryan Peery ---

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Ryan Peery --- Ryan Peery
Ryan Peery --- Ryan Peery

Tyler Wilson --- Tyler Wilson

Tyler Wilson --- Randal Andras

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Tii Tharpe --- Tii Tharpe


PRO MODIFIED - Qualifying Session #1


Stevie Jackson --- Brandon Snider

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

(near lane) Clint Satterfield vs (far lane) 'unidentified'

PRO STOCK - Qualifying Session #1


(near lane) Troy Coughlin Jr. vs (far lane) Bruno Massel --- (near lane) Alex Laughlin vs (far lane) Greg Anderson

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Deric Kramer --- (near lane) Erica Enders vs (far lane) Kenny Delco

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

(near lane) Jeg Coughlin Jr. vs (far lane) Jason Line


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE - Qualifying Session #1


(near lane) Angie Smith vs (far lane) Angelle Sampey --- (near lane) Andrew Hines vs (far lane) Hector Arana Jr.

(LEFT) (near lane) Angie Smith 6.910 - 195.34 vs (far lane) Angelle Sampey 6.847 - 195.00

(RIGHT) (near lane) Andrew Hines vs 6.855 - 196.93 (far lane) Hector Arana Jr. 6.938 - 195.76


Andrew Hines

Andrew Hines


FUNNY CAR - Qualifying Session #!


(near lane) Dale Creasy Jr.vs (far lane) Mike McIntire Jr. --- Blake Alexander

(LEFT) (near lane) Dale Creasy Jr. 4.122 - 280.60 vs (far lane) Mike McIntire Jr. 4.288 - 223.99

(RIGHT) Blake Alexander 4.109 - 308.78

Terry Haddock --- Cruz Pedregon

(LEFT) Terry Haddock 4.968 - 158.33

(RIGHT) Cruz Pedregon 5.101 - 144.71

(near lane) J.R. Todd vs (far lane) Alexis DeJoria --- (near lane) Matt Hagan vs (far lane) Tim Wilkerson

(LEFT) (near Lane0 J.R. Todd 4.020 - 319.67 vs (far lane) Alexis DeJoria 5.494 - 130.32

(RIGHT) (near lane) Matt Hagan 3.982 - 320.81 vs (far lane) Tim Wilkerson 4.735 - 170.99


(near lane) Jack Beckman vs (far lane) Tommy Johnson Jr.

(near lane) Jack Beckman 4.707 - 170.43 vs (far lane) Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.976 - 318.54


TOP FUEL - Qualifying Session #1


Pat Dakin --- Terry McMillen

(LEFT) Pat Dakin 4.030 - 275.62

(RIGHT) Terry McMillen 4.299 - 191.29


Antron Brown --- (near lane) Leah Pruett vs (far lane) Doug Kalitta

(LEFT) Antron Brown 3.868 - 311.41

(RIGHT) (near lane) Leah Pruett 3.887 - 314.68 vs (far lane) Doug Kalitta 4.089 - 257.28


Steve Torrence --- Steve Torrence

Steve Torrence 3.814 - 321.81


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER - Qaulifying Session #3 (FINAL)


Shawn Cowie --- (near lane) Will Smith vs (far lane) Brandon Greco

(LEFT) Shawn Cowie 5.284 - 276.63

(RIGHT) (near lane) Will Smith 5.527 - 259.66 vs (far lane) Brandon Greco 6.319 - 137.71


Krista Baldwin --- (near Lane) Duane Shields vs (far lane) Rachel Meyer

(LEFT) Krista Baldwin 7.745 - 112.44

(RIGHT) (near lane) Duane Shields 5.313 - 276.69 vs (far lane) Rachel Meyer 5.237 - 281.95


TOP FUEL HARLEY - Qualifying Session #2


Ryan Peery --- Ryan Peery

Ryan Peery 6.569 - 210.05


(near lane) Ricky House vs (far lane) Tracy Kile --- Tii Tharpe

(LEFT) (near lane) Ricky House 6.515 - 211.49 vs (far lane) Tracy Kile 6.615 - 221.20

(RIGHT) Tii Tharpe 7.169 - 146.24


Tii Tharpe --- Tii Tharpe

Tii Tharpe --- Tii Tharpe


PRO MODIFIED - Qualifying Session #2 (FINAL)


Todd Tutterow --- Chip King

(LEFT) Todd Tutterow 6.019 243.50

(RIGHT) Chip King 5.917 - 244.47


Brandon Snider

Brandon Snider 6.001 - 240.68


PRO STOCK Qualifying - Session #2 (FINAL)

(near lane) Erica Enders vs (far lane) Greg Anderson

(near lane) Erica Enders 6.620 - 208.91 vs (far lane) Greg Anderson 6.612 - 207.88


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE Qualifying - Session #2 (FINAL)
Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson


(near lane) Angie Smith vs (far lane) Scotty Pollacheck --- (near lane) Andrew Hines vs (far lane) John Hall

(LEFT) (near lane) Angie Smith 6.878 - 196.50 vs (far lane) Scotty Pollacheck 6.892 - 195.11

(RIGHT) (near lane) Andrew Hines 6.905 - 196.73 vs (far lane) John Hall 6.908 - 194.32


John Hall --- Ryan Oehler

(LEFT) John Hall

(RIGHT) Ryan Oehler 6.922 - 196.99


FUNNY CAR Qualifying - Session #2 (FINAL)

Cruz Pedregon

Cruz Pedregon 3.988 - 316.38


(near lane) Jack Beckman vs (far lane) Tim Wilkerson --- (near lane) Matt Hagan vs (far lane) Tommy Johnson Jr.

(LEFT) (near lane) Jack Beckman 4.621 - 179.90 vs (far lane) Tim Wilkerson 4.516 - 189.95

(RIGHT) (near lane) Matt Hagan 4.457 - 199.29 vs (far lane) Tommy Johnson Jr. 4.141 - 244.12


TOP FUEL Qualifying - Session #2 (FINAL)
(near lane) Kyle Wurtzel vs (far lane) Lex Joon --- Shawn Langdon

(LEFT) (near lane) Kyle Wurtzel 4.818 - 153.54 vs (far lane) Lex Joon 4.444 - 189.58

(RIGHT) Shawn Langdon 4.187 - 216.69


Justin Ashley --- Steve Torrence

(LEFT) Justin Ashley 4.586 - 170.06

(RIGHT) Steve Torrence 3.854 - 321.35


SUNDAY - Eliminations


TOP FUEL - Eliminations - Round One


(near lane) Pat Dakin vs (far lane) Doug Foley --- Doug Kalitta

(LEFT) Pat Dakin (near lane) (0.082) 3.837 - 320.74 vs Doug Foley (far lane) (0.089) 3.893 - 270.27

(RIGHT) Doug Kalitta (0.070) 3.767 - 325.85

Lex Joon --- Joe Morrison

(LEFT) Lex Joon (0.091) 4.586 - 181.86

(RIGHT) Joe Morrison (0.102) 4.083 - 204.56


(near lane) Shawn Langdon vs (far lane) Leah Pruett --- (near lane) Terry Totten vs (far lane) Billy Torrence

(LEFT) Shawn Langdon (near lane) (0.055) 3.839 - 304.19 vs Leah Pruett (far lane) (0.074) 3.749 - 325.53

(RIGHT) Terry Totten (near lane) (-0.020) 4.075 - 282.24 vs Billy Torrence (far lane) (0.085) 3.801 - 314.12


FUNNY CAR - Eliminations - Round One


Tim Wilkerson --- Mike McIntire Jr.

(LEFT) Tim Wilkerson (0.086) 4.413 - 203.25

(RIGHT) Mike McIntire Jr. (0.092) 4.608 - 187.83


Terry Haddock (0.169) 4.194 - 277.89


PRO STOCK - Eliminations - Round One


Jason Line

Jason Line 0.074 6.607 - 208.33


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE - Eliminations - Round One


Hector Arana Jr. --- Hector Arana Jr.

Hector Arana Jr. (0.042) - 6.897 - 196.39


(near lane) Jerry Savoie vs (far lane) Scotty Pollachek --- (near lane) Jerry Savoie vs (far lane) Scotty Pollachek

(near lane) Jerry Savoie (0.002) 6.920 - 194.46 vs (far lane) Scotty Pollacheck (0.022) 6.861 - 198.29


Scotty Pollacheck --- Matt Smith

(LEFT) Scotty Pollacheck

(RIGHT) Matt Smith (0.066) 7.006 - 195.73


Andrew Hines --- Andrew Hines

Andrew Hines (0.047) 6.902 - 196.85


PRO STOCK - Eliminations - Round Two


(near lane0 Chris McGaha vs (far lane) Jason Line

(near lane) Chris McGaha (0.031) 6.654 - 207.66 vs (far lane) Jason Line (0.042) 6.632 - 208.01


PRO MODIFIED - Eliminations - Round Two


(near lane) Khalid alBalooshi vs (far lane) Jonathan Gray

(near lane) Khalid alBalooshi (0.089) 5.795 - 250.60 vs Jonathan Gray (0.026) 5.834 - 249.35


TOP FUEL HARLEY - Eliminations - Round One


(near lane) Ryan Peery (0.121) 5.515 - 219.04 vs (far lane) Tracy Kile (0.097) 6.619 - 207.34


Tracy Kile --- Tracy Kile --- Tracy Kile

Tracy Kile


--- Randal Andras

Randal Andras (0.098) 6.467 - 213.68


Tii Tharpe --- Tii Tharpe

Tii Tharpe (0.051) 6.522 - 195.56


TOP FUEL - Eliminations - Round Three


(near lane) Leah Pruett vs (far lane) Steve Torrence --- (near lane) Terry McMillen vs (far lane) Doug Kalitta

(LEFT) (near lane) Leah Pruett (0.084) 3.861 - 316.60 vs (far lane) Steve Torrence (0.078) 3.819 - 320.51

(RIGHT) (near Lane) Terry McMillen (0.071) 4.043 - 282.85 vs (far lane) Doug Kalitta (0.089) 4.059 - 260.41


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